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Make 3D Cube Animation in Adobe After Effects

Create a 3D Cube animation in Adobe After Effects without using any third-party plugin. In this tutorial, I will teach you to create a cool-looking 3D Cube animation in Adobe After Effects without using any third-party plugins. I recommend you watch this video till the end to get the same results.

Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a 3D Cube Animation:

Step 1: Getting Started with Adobe After Effects

  1. Open Adobe After Effects.
  2. Go to the “Files” section and import the letter images. You can download these letters using the provided link.

Step 2: Setting Up Your Compositions

  1. Create a new composition and give it a name of your choice.
  2. Set the resolution to 500×500 pixels, frame rate to 30 frames per second, and duration to 1 minute.
  3. Repeat this process to create 5 more compositions similar to the first one.

Step 3: Duplicating and Importing Images

  1. Select the first composition and press Control+D to duplicate it 5 times.
  2. Open the first composition and drag the letter “A” image into it.
  3. Open the second composition and drag the letter “B” image into it.

Step 4: Creating the 3D Cube Composition

  1. Create a new composition and name it “3D Cube” or your preferred title.
  2. Set the resolution to 1920×1080 pixels and the duration to 10 seconds.
  3. Select all the previously created compositions and drag them into the new composition.

Step 5: Arranging and Snapping Compositions

  1. Enable the Snapping option from the toolbar.
  2. Click on Composition number 2 and drag it to the right side to form a row.
  3. Right-click on Composition number 3, go to transform, and choose “Flip Horizontal.”
  4. Repeat the same process for Composition number 6.
  5. Select all compositions, enable the 3D option, and change the camera view to Custom view 1.

Step 6: Adjusting Rotations and Anchor Points

  1. Select the camera tool and adjust its rotation.
  2. Choose the letter “B” composition, then use the anchor point tool to move the anchor point to the right side.
  3. Press “R” to open rotation properties, and change the Y rotation to -90 degrees.
  4. Move the anchor point of the letter “D” composition to the left side, and change the Y rotation to +90 degrees.

Step 7: Fine-Tuning Compositions

  1. Select Composition number 5 (letter “E” composition), move the anchor point, and change the X rotation to -90 degrees.
  2. Repeat the same process for the Composition number 7 (letter “F” composition).

Step 8: Pre-Composing and Adding Camera Effects

  1. Adjust Composition number 3 by changing its Z position using the move tool.
  2. Select all compositions, right-click, and choose “Pre-compose.” Enable the 3D option.
  3. Create a new camera layer and a null object layer. Make the null object 3D and adjust its Y rotation.

Step 9: Final Adjustments

  1. Drag the pick whip to the null layer.
  2. Select the 3D cube composition layer and go to transform.
  3. Choose the anchor point and move it to the center of the cube.

Step 10: Final Check

Review your animation and ensure everything is in place.

Congratulations! Your 3D Cube animation is now complete and ready to impress.

Project File Details:

UpdatedMarch 25, 2024
CompatibilityAfter Effects CC
Required PluginNo
Size4.02 MB
CategoryAfter Effects Tutorials
PriceFree