Texturing 3D Lettering in Adobe After Effects | Part 2 of 3
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Texturing 3D Lettering in Adobe After Effects | Part 2 of 3

A Three Part Series of Creating 3D Animated Lettering That Stands Out And Enhances Your Online Presence
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Created by Sonja Geracsek
Last updated 5/2020
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This course includes
  • 37 mins on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Texturing 3D Objects in Adobe After Effects
  • Adding a grain texture
  • Adding a drop shadow
Requirements
  • Have an Adobe After Effects License
  • Have your 3D lettering ready or use provided assets
Description

This class is part of a trilogy, which builds upon one other. You can follow along the whole series, or just take a class on its own. Check out Part 1 of this Class Series.

This class will teach you how to add texture and a drop shadow to animated 3D objects in Adobe After Effects. I will take you through the process of creating and tweaking a grain texture, using the effects within After Effects, adding a drop shadow and applying it all to an animated 3D layer.

Who This Class Is For

This class is perfect for intermediate learners. Some prior knowledge of After Effects, its 3D renderer, of creating keyframes and manoeuvring the software will be necessary. No previous knowledge of effects or textures, however, is needed.

What You'll Learn

  • Texturing 3D Objects

    • I will talk you through extruding a shape in After Effects

    • You will learn how to position your object in 3D space

    • You’ll use the rotation and position properties

  • Adding a grain texture

    • You will learn how to use the roughen edges effect

    • You will use the slider control to link properties via expressions

    • You will play with the path or a shape layer

    • You will use the Set Matte effects to mask the grain to your object

  • Adding a drop shadow

    • You will learn how to use the drop shadow effect

    • You will change the colour of your drop shadow

    • You will learn how to adjust and refine the drop shadow properties

Why You Should Watch

By the end of this class you will have a solid understanding of textures and how to use effects and presets in After Effects.

You will be able to add some creative detail to your animation in After Effects. You will be able to make your animation stand out and give it depth. You can also use this knowledge to create a textured character animation.

Materials / Resources

We will be using effects within After Effects and adding them to an existing asset. Check the project gallery for assets I have provided, use your assets from part 1 of this class series or follow the first lesson on creating a simple 3D object. You will not need any other software to follow this class apart from Adobe After Effects.

Upcoming classes

This class is part of a trilogy, which will build upon one other. You can follow along the whole series, or just take a class on its own. Each class has a unique outcome and can be taken independently from the series.

Who this course is for:
  • Intermediate learners of animation and After Effects
  • Lettering enthusiasts
  • Animators and Designers curious about After Effects capabilities
  • Students of part 1 of the 3D lettering series
Course content
Expand all 17 lectures 36:43
+ Introduction
1 lecture 02:17

About This Class

This class is part of a trilogy, which builds upon one other. You can follow along the whole series, or just take a class on its own. Check out Part 1 of this Class Series.


This class will teach you how to add texture and a drop shadow to animated 3D objects in Adobe After Effects. I will take you through the process of creating and tweaking a grain texture, using the effects within After Effects, adding a drop shadow and applying it all to an animated 3D layer.

Who This Class Is For

This class is perfect for intermediate learners. Some prior knowledge of After Effects, its 3D renderer, of creating keyframes and manoeuvring the software will be necessary. No previous knowledge of effects or textures, however, is needed.

What You'll Learn

  • Texturing 3D Objects

    • I will talk you through extruding a shape in After Effects

    • You will learn how to position your object in 3D space

    • You’ll use the rotation and position properties

  • Adding a grain texture

    • You will learn how to use the roughen edges effect

    • You will use the slider control to link properties via expressions

    • You will play with the path or a shape layer

    • You will use the Set Matte effects to mask the grain to your object

  • Adding a drop shadow

    • You will learn how to use the drop shadow effect

    • You will change the colour of your drop shadow

    • You will learn how to adjust and refine the drop shadow properties

Why You Should Watch

By the end of this class you will have a solid understanding of textures and how to use effects and presets in After Effects.

You will be able to add some creative detail to your animation in After Effects. You will be able to make your animation stand out and give it depth. You can also use this knowledge to create a textured character animation.

Materials / Resources

We will be using effects within After Effects and adding them to an existing asset. Check the project gallery for assets I have provided, use your assets from part 1 of this class series or follow the first lesson on creating a simple 3D object. You will not need any other software to follow this class apart from Adobe After Effects.

Upcoming classes

This class is part of a trilogy, which will build upon one other. You can follow along the whole series, or just take a class on its own. Each class has a unique outcome and can be taken independently from the series.

Attribution

Music: Guiton Sketch by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence

Preview 02:17
+ Getting Ready
2 lectures 02:37

ASSIGNMENT

Create a text or shape with three-dimensional extrusion. Make sure your texture is masked to the object and export it as a GIF or a video.

You can use the assets provided in the project gallery, if you don’t have your own assets ready or follow the first lesson on how to create a simple 3D object.

Free Grain Texture file for background texture: https://pixabay.com/vectors/scratch-scratch-overlay-distress-2409873/

DELIVERABLE

Please share your projects for this class. I would love to see what you come up with.

Upload a GIF or video of your project to the project gallery. A completed project includes:

  • One 3D object

  • Textured grain applied to the extrusion

  • Drop shadow added to your object(s)

  • Bonus: grain texture on the background

Attribution

  • Striving Artist logo animation based on artwork by Huyen Dinh

Preview 00:42
Create a textured 3D object, with drop shadow and post it to this class!
Texture Animated 3D Lettering
1 question

Lesson Outline

  1. Creating a 3D object

  2. Adding extrusion

  3. Adding a fill

  4. Adding a font colour

Preview 01:55
+ Texturing Phase
3 lectures 15:02

Lesson Outline

  1. Creating a control layer

  2. Adding slider controls

  3. Applying Roughen edges effect

  4. Adjusting grain texture

Preview 05:49

Lesson Outline

  1. Adding set matte effect

  2. Duplicating grain texture for 3D layers

  3. Repositioning grain texture layers

  4. Adjusting path shapes

Applying the Set Matte Effect
02:49

Lesson Outline

  1. Pre-composing 3D objects

  2. Applying drop shadow

  3. Adding grain texture to background

  4. Using blending modes

Adding a Drop Shadow and Background Texture
06:24
+ Exporting the Animation as a GIF
10 lectures 14:59

Lesson Overview

  1. Preparation for export

  2. Overlapping action & follow-through

  3. Layer sequencing

  4. Frame rate & fractions

Framerate & Sequencing
02:19

Lesson Overview

  1. Preparation for export

  2. Delivery platform limitations

  3. Frame Size & aspect ratio

  4. Cropping

Size & Platform
01:13

Lesson Overview

  1. GIF export limitations

  2. Colour choices

  3. Frame rate Limitations

GIF Format Limitations
00:47

Lesson Overview

  1. Audio fade-out

  2. YouTube audio library

  3. Licence & attribution

Using Audio
00:56

Lesson Overview

  1. Creating new encoding presets

  2. Instagram video preset

  3. Frame size & aspect ratio

  4. Target Bitrate

Creating Video Presets - Instagram
01:27

Lesson Overview

  1. Output settings

  2. Source scaling

  3. Cropping

Changing Output Settings - Source Scaling
01:22

Lesson Overview

  1. Animated GIF format

  2. Twitter GIF preset

  3. Frame rate limitations

  4. 60fps vs. 25fps

Creating GIF Presets - Twitter
01:52

Lesson Overview

  1. Exporting GIF for Mac OS

  2. Gif Rocket

Creating GIFs for MAC
01:48

Lesson Overview

  1. Pinterest GIF preset

  2. Dribbble GIF preset

  3. Frame size & aspect ratio

  4. Source scaling

Creating GIF Presets - Pinterest & Dribbble
01:35

Lesson Overview

  1. Exporting form presets

  2. Folder structure

  3. File naming

  4. Appending preset name

Export & Save - Naming & Folder Structure
01:40
+ What you have learned
1 lecture 01:06

That’s the end of our class.


Today you learned how to add textured grain and a drop shadow to an animated 3D object in Adobe After Effects.


Congrats, well done on completing this class.


I’m glad I could teach you something new! Getting the knack of effects and presets can be tricky.


Feel free to leave questions and comments in the discussions forum and I'll do my best to help. I’d also appreciate it, if you could leave a review for this class. It helps me tweak my future content, so you get the most out of it. It also helps other students see the class.


I’m looking forward to seeing your projects in the project gallery, using the techniques you learned in this class!


Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and TikTok to get tips and tricks on animation and motion graphics. Check my stories for upcoming classes.


Thank you for taking this class and see you next time!

Conclusion
01:06