AE Tips and Tricks

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Advanced Extrusion with Shatter

This is a fairly simple technique often done poorly. The trick to making the 3D extrusion look as good as possible is in the way you use a custom shape layer and the way you assign textures to the extrusion.

For this example I am using AE's comp camera and a point light to view the extrusion layer. I've added a different color to the extruded edges and also added the background color to the back of the extrusion. A 3D duplicate of the text layer used as a custom shape is set to cast shadows only and the material options of Shatter have been adjusted.

I've included a short video tutorial of the procedure that you'll find HERE. I hope you enjoy. Please let me know if you have any questions. The project files are in this file.