New Feature: Playlist Center! Pick a topic and let our playlists guide the way.

Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Bending layers

From: After Effects CS6 New Features

Video: Bending layers

I am going to quickly rearrange my scene so that this corvette is now behind the type so we can see it. Let's switch to 2 Views, press V to go back to my Selection tool, move this layer back here, W for the Rotate tool, rotate it more or less straight on, V, move it over. I think it's a bit on the low side. Press P for Position, and let's scrub it up. Now type AA for its Material Options and increase its Reflection a little bit so it can pick up some of my environment and pick up the text. There we go.

Bending layers

I am going to quickly rearrange my scene so that this corvette is now behind the type so we can see it. Let's switch to 2 Views, press V to go back to my Selection tool, move this layer back here, W for the Rotate tool, rotate it more or less straight on, V, move it over. I think it's a bit on the low side. Press P for Position, and let's scrub it up. Now type AA for its Material Options and increase its Reflection a little bit so it can pick up some of my environment and pick up the text. There we go.

The bad news is, when you have flat artwork, like still images or movies, you cannot bevel and extrude them. The good news is is that you can at least still warp them. Let's scroll back up here and look at Geometry Options. Instead of Bevel and Extrude, we have Curvature and Segments. This allows me to bow the layer back or pull it forward in Z. As I increase the Curvature, it will get deeper, and you can see how the reflections are changing on the right, to the point where now it's a mirror and you are actually seeing "raytrace" spelled backwards through there. Or you can go negative and bow it forwards.

Now as you do so, the default segments of four is a bit rough. You can see how this grill kind of makes a more or less sudden bend right there. I find I often need to have more than four segments to smooth out my bowed surfaces. Let's go ahead and pull it back a little bit there. Now you really start to see that curvature of this bowed layer. I am going to have more fun with it. Let's go ahead and quickly add a new camera. OK. C to get my Unified Camera tool. Let's click and have some fun rotating.

Now you can get an idea how that bowed. Flat artwork is now behind my extruded text. Not quite as much fun as being able to bevel and extrude it--I wouldn't mind it having a little bit of thickness--but this ability to bow flat artwork does allow for more interesting reflections, more interesting light play as lights animate through the scene, and you will find it a good idea to add just a little bit of this curvature to your flat artwork, just to get more interesting interactions in your scene.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for After Effects CS6 New Features
After Effects CS6 New Features

31 video lessons · 11773 viewers

Chris Meyer
Author

 

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.