Andrew Devis
Media Producer & Trainer

Extruding 3D Text in Adobe After Effects

Technical Tutorial Published 7/23/15 Last updated on 3/2/20

This is a detailed 2 part tutorial about creating and extruding 3D text in Adobe After Effects - so please don’t watch or complain at its length if you want a quick fix solution. In this tutorial I look at creating the text, putting it in 3D, changing the renderer and selecting the correct Ray-Tracking quality. I look at creating a bevel and making sure the text looks ok - I also so how to navigate around a 3D scene quickly and easily in After Effects. Then, I move on to show how to extrude the text followed up with lighting the scene with both a spot light and a point light. Finally in part 1 I show how to make the item cast a shadow and how to control how the shadow looks.
In part 2 I quickly recap and then move on to go through the material options for the 3D layer and then show how to use environment layers and demonstrate the importance of the right ray-tracking quality settings. After that I show how to use the ‘Animate’ options to texture up the text in a much more controllable custom way.

  • After Effects

    Create motion graphics and visual effects for film, TV, video, and web.

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Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 9/1/19 12:42:52 AM Permalink

Great Resource Thanks for Sharing

Bethany Dutton

Posted on 8/15/15 12:06:53 PM Permalink

just the tutorial I was looking for thanks