Turn a 2d photo into a 3d animation with After Effects!
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Turn a 2d photo into a 3d animation with After Effects!

Learn the basics of Photoshop and After Effects and create your own 3D animations from scratch!
4.3 (48 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Last updated 2/2017
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 11 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create animations and 3D effects in After Effects
  • Use After Effects fluenltly and understand the structure of the software
  • Prepare the Photoshop file for After Effects
  • Create better looking videos or slideshows
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  • After Effects CS5/ CS 5.5/ CS6/CC installed. (You can use a 30-day free trial)
  • Photoshop CS5/ CS 5.5/ CS6/CC installed. (You can use a 30-day free trial)
  • You can use and download all those materials and project files that I used in the course and in the promo video.

This course will help you learn Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects through an interesting and challenging visual project: the process of creating a 3D looking video scene from a still photograph!

The course is structured around the workflow of a professional After Effects user.
  1. You will learn the basics of Photoshop and get familiar with the tools you need for this project
  2. You will learn all the important parts of Adobe After effects ie.: import, timeline, effects, special layers etc.
  3. Than You will learn the animation process step-by-step from a 2D photograph to the finished 3D composition with added slow motion effect
  4. You will learn to create a new project from multiple projects

At the end of the course you will understand the workflow of creating 3D effect not only from photos, but logos, icons or info graphics! You can use your knowledge to create stunning animatied scenes from wedding photos, or pimp up your family album or your YouTube videos!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anybody who wants to learn After Effects in a project oriented easy way
  • Movie creators, graphic designers, photographers or any creative people who would like to learn about animating in After Effects
  • Anybody who wants to create better videos, slideshows, movieclips, logo animations or youtube channels
  • People who interested in After Effects
  • This course is not for advanced users in After Effects
  • This course will show you the basics of After Effects and a method to create an animation, not the whole software with all possibilities
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
The structure of the course
1 Lecture 02:50

In this lecture, I will show you how the course build up.

Preview 02:50
The basics of Adobe Photoshop
3 Lectures 12:54

Let me explain how this type of project works and how photoshop helps you to reach your goal.

Why Photoshop is useful for this course?

In this lesson I will guide you through Photoshop's interface and show you those important settings, panels, and methods that you have to know before we start working.

Preview 05:28

Let me introduce those tools that will be your best friends when you are working on this type of projects. (The polygonal lasso tool, clone stamp tool, healing brush tool etc.)

Importing files and important tools
Prepare the image file for After Effects
2 Lectures 18:15

It is very important to create a logical folder system before you start working. If you find everything what you look for, you can save much more time than you think!

Creating the folder system

In this lesson I show you how to prepare the image in Photoshop for the work in After Effects.

Preparing the PSD file for After Effects
The basics of After Effects
7 Lectures 40:30

One of the most important thing is the structure of the software. I show you where can you find the settings, panels and windows and how can you control them.

Settings and interface of After Effects

In this lecture we will import different file types to After effects (jpg, psd, ai, video- and audio files) We will learn to control them and the most important settings of them.

Importing files to After Effects

Timeline and keyframes are the basics of animating. In this lesson you will understand how it works by animating your imported files.

Timeline and keyframes

In this lesson I will show you where you can find the effects, how you can control them. I will also show you the effects, that we will use in our project, and some of those we won't. Effects are your best friends in After Effects so let's meet them and don't be afraid to play with them!

Preview 03:56

In After Effects there are some special layer formats that can be useful. Let me show you how they work and when they are really useful.

Creating solid layers, text layers, adjustment layers and null objects

Using 3D layers in After Effects is one of the most important things in this type of project. In this lecture I will show you how can you create and control 3D layers and cameras.

3D in After Effects

Precomposing is a basic function in After Effects. This way you can group assets in timeline in one new composition. It can be useful so I will show you how it works!

Animating - 2D to 3D
3 Lectures 15:01

In this lesson we will import the PSD file to After Effects that we prepared in Photoshop. We will set up the image to a 3D animation.

Importing the prepared image and setting up the 3D space

Let's create the 3D effect with the camera. Also, we will learn about camera settings.

Set up the camera

You have already finished animating your image. Let's render it to a video file. I will show you how you can do it.

Exporting the project to a video file
Make your animation more cool - modelling slow motion
2 Lectures 12:15

With the puppet pin tool you can move the objects part by part. This is a great way to create a slow motion like video effect. In this lecture you will learn about the tool and its setting.

About the puppet tool - DOWNLOAD PROJECT FILES HERE -

Let's animate our image with the puppet tool into slow motion.

Animating with the puppet pin tool
Import your animations in one video project
3 Lectures 08:49

In this lecture I will show you how you can import different projects and video files into one new project. It's a great and simple way to link your projects in one new project file. The advantage is, that all files will be editable.

Importing After Effect projects to each other

I hope you enjoyed the time we spent together and I would like to thank you for your work! If you have any questions don't be afraid to ask, I will answer!

Thank you! Good bye and good luck! - BONUS MATERIALS -

Some of you asked me to show how the sample-bird video had been created, so in this lecture you can follow the process. Of course the method is the same as the previous projects so in this time I don't explain every single step but the important ones.

About the Instructor
Zoltan Siket
4.3 Average rating
48 Reviews
1,071 Students
1 Course
motion graphic designer

Hello, my name is Zoltan Siket. I'm a graphic designer and motion graphic designer with more than a decade of experience. I have worked for DTP operator, VFX artist and motion designer for about 7 years - and motion design become my passion.
I love creating something that come alive by animating. That's why I'd like to share how can you create animations easily in after effects step by step - from the beginning to the end.

István Szép
4.5 Average rating
1,088 Reviews
13,858 Students
12 Courses
Design teacher

I'm a graphic designer, illustrator and design teacher for more than 10 years. I create clever logos and cute illustrations, I like to inspire, share my knowledge and make people think and laugh!
I use Inkscape, an open source graphic design program in most of my design, and I was teaching this to my students too in a college in Budapest.
I am constantly sharing knowledge about design and life as a freelancer. I teach on Udemy since 2014 and work together with some of my friends now, to create better courses together by sharing my online teaching experience
Exploring new ways to create and sharing my knowledge is what I like the most - so don't be afraid to ask, I'm here to teach!.