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3D Typography in After Effects
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3D Typography in After Effects

with Eran Stern

Video: Welcome

Hey, I'm Eran Stern.
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  1. 5m 17s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      2m 52s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 18s
  2. 33m 52s
    1. Why good typography matters
      4m 36s
    2. Advice for good 3D type
      7m 47s
    3. 3D type options in After Effects
      6m 52s
    4. Case study introduction
      10m 38s
    5. What are we going to test?
      3m 59s
  3. 27m 37s
    1. Faux 3D using effects and layer styles
      13m 47s
    2. Pseudo depth
      11m 38s
    3. More options: 3D Extruder and Elementary
      2m 12s
  4. 36m 8s
    1. Using the ray-traced 3D renderer
      3m 30s
    2. Extruded text layers
      11m 2s
    3. Extruded shape layers
      7m 46s
    4. More options: Per character 3D, curvature, and reflections
      13m 50s
  5. 47m 15s
    1. Prep for using the CINEWARE effect
      6m 57s
    2. Extruded text in CD4 Lite
      9m 28s
    3. Create the explode shapes
      8m 13s
    4. Reconnect the animation
      5m 46s
    5. Render settings
      9m 39s
    6. More options: Basic MoGraph tools
      7m 12s
  6. 31m 18s
    1. Text and vector extrusion
      11m 30s
    2. 3D displacement mapping
      9m 53s
    3. More options: 3D Repeater and 3D deformers
      9m 55s
  7. 31m 53s
    1. Extruded text
      10m 24s
    2. Extruded EPS
      12m 41s
    3. More options: 3D deformers
      8m 48s
  8. 40m 2s
    1. 3D text creations
      10m 59s
    2. Extrude the explode layers
      6m 19s
    3. Render settings
      7m 30s
    4. More options: Warping and light rigs
      15m 14s
  9. 48m 54s
    1. 3D text workflow
      12m 26s
    2. Explode Layers Extrusion
      8m 24s
    3. Connecting through nulls
      5m 19s
    4. Render settings
      9m 39s
    5. More options: Multi-Object and Particle Replicator
      13m 6s
  10. 8m 1s
    1. Pros and cons summary
      5m 28s
    2. Next steps
      2m 33s

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Watch the Online Video Course 3D Typography in After Effects
5h 10m Intermediate Jul 17, 2014

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There are many options for creating 3D text in After Effects, including After Effects' own ray-traced 3D feature, third-party plugins, scripts, and now CINEMA 4D Lite. But which one is best for you?

In this course, motion graphics veteran Eran Stern discusses the options and their pros and cons. He'll also compare 2D and 3D typography, and discuss techniques to ensure your work looks great and your message is clear. Plus, learn about tools that behave like subsoftware inside After Effects, allowing you to create stunning 3D text faster than ever before. From built-in tools to advanced third-party plugins, such as Element 3D, BCC Units, and Invigorator Pro, this is your chance to find out which one suits your needs and budget.

Topics include:
  • Why good typography matters in motion graphics
  • Creating faux 3D and pseudodepth
  • Using the ray-traced 3D renderer
  • Extruding text in C4D Lite
  • Working with BCC Units 3D Objects, Invigorator Pro, and Element 3D
Subjects:
Video Motion Graphics
Software:
After Effects Element 3D BorisFX Power Animator ShapeShifter AE
Author:
Eran Stern

Welcome

Hey, I'm Eran Stern. And welcome to 3D Typography in After Effects. In this course, I'll try to help you understand the current available options and how well they are integrated in real-world production. We start by comparing 2D and 3D typography, then we'll dig in and explore each tool in more depth. From the built-in Ray-tracer 3D and Cinema 4D light features to advanced third-party plug-ins such as Element 3D, Invigorator Pro, ShapeShifter, Boris, continue and complete 3D objects and more.

But which one of these is the best one for your needs? In the end of each chapter, I'll share with you some advanced options. For those of you who have some of the plugins or all of them, it is a good way to find out which one is suited for your needs and budget. We have a lot of ground to cover, so lets get started.

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