Extrude 3d Letters

Make your words, letters, whatever 3d inside adobe after effects! No plugins or fancy expensive 3d programs needed! All boring vanilla after effects. All you need is a little expression and a lot of duplicating. So we can’t actually make something “really” 3d but we can make it “fake” or “imaginary” 3d using many layers like plywood or 3d printers. 3d printing is so hot right now right?

The expression used is:
BUT the “thisComp.layer(“Controls”).effect(“Slider”)(“Slider”)” needs to be changed to whatever your slider control is… so use the pick whip to make it happen.

For those who are wondering duplicate is ctrl+d or command+d as a short cut and I use it a lot of a lot of times in this one. I really need to watch my short cut slips. How about I do a series on JUST short cuts so we can all learn them together.. as a team?

Anyway, people have been asking for more typography tutoirals so here’s one just for you… yes you. And if you have any comments or questions or suggestions for upcoming tutorials holler at me in the comments or on twitter or facebook or even my own site right here?




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    13.03.2012 at 10:00 Reply

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  • duane

    20.04.2012 at 06:35 Reply

    i wanna ask, how did u make the letters kinda bounce when they appear (the fake 3d letters on the start of the vid) , did u just animate it manually under the z position?

    • ECAbrams

      20.04.2012 at 12:08 Reply

      At the heart of it yes, manual z-position manipulation. But Also the distance between the layers that make up the depth effect is being changed too to make a bit of bounce in the depth.

      • duane

        20.04.2012 at 13:12 Reply

        thanks for ur reply, yeah its very neat and cool when i applied to my experimental typography..

        by the way, i found all of ur vids entertaining and educational, and i also appreciate ur fast reply on my concern and that being said, it made me think ur tutorials are way better than from those of lynda, as far as my focus regarding typography are concerned.

        keep it up

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