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This installment of the After Effects Apprentice series introduces 3D space in Adobe After Effects. Authors Chris and Trish Meyer highlight key design considerations for working in 3D and provide step-by-step instructions for enhancing a scene with 3D lights and cameras. The course explores integration between Photoshop and After Effects, including modeling 3D objects with Repoussé extrusions and creating dimensional still images, and offers tips on using the different Axis Modes and maintaining maximum quality in 3D. There's also a chapter dedicated to the ray-traced 3D renderer, introduced in After Effects CS6, which allows you to build 3D layers into your composites, with realistic motion blur, depth of field, and reflections.
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For those of you using After Effects CS6 or later, we have a little quizzler challenge for you. How would you create this scene where we have a simple butterfly layer wafting across our tulips? Notice that its wings are flapping, while it's keeping a pretty even flight across the front of our scene. To solve this, you are going to have to combine something you've learned in this lesson, with other information you've learned in prior After Effects Apprentice lessons on how to create advanced animations. I'll let you take this in a couple more times, and I'll show you the starting composition, it's in the RT or ray-traced project file inside the Quizzler folder, Butterfly*starter, and here we have a couple of lights, a distant Parallel light simulating the sun, and Ambient light giving us a little bit of fill. A camera, which has been aimed upward at the scene, I'll go ahead and look at the 4 Views layout, set this to Fit up to 100%.
There is our Camera, fit everything into view. Our butterfly, which is a flat piece of artwork. And a 2D background movie. How would you animate that butterfly to fly across this scene? Take a shot at it yourself, you can use something as simple as a solid in your own composition, you don't need these sources, and then I'll show you how I solved it in the next movie.
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