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.
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.