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Motion Graphics for Video Editors: Working with 3D Objects

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Learn to create and manipulate 3D graphics for use in video, using Photoshop, After Effects, and Illustrator.

As a video editor, you might not create 3D objects, but you should still know how to work with them. If you are not quite comfortable with 3D, this course is for you, providing a lightweight introduction to the skills required to create and manipulate 3D graphics specifically for video. Rich Harrington shows how to use Photoshop to texture, light, recolor, reposition, and format 3D objects for use in video projects. He also shows how to use the Vanishing Point Exchange workflow to move objects from Photoshop to After Effects, plus how to enhance and render a model in After Effects and create simple 3D objects from scratch in Illustrator. At the end of the course, Rich shows how to hand off your files to a nonlinear editor like Premiere Pro.


  • What you'll learn in this class
  • What you should know before taking the class
  • Using the exercise files
1. Using 3D Layers in Photoshop
  • Opening a 3D file
  • Using 3D objects in designs
  • Editing 3D textures
  • Editing 3D lights
  • Adding 3D type
  • Creating 3D primitives
  • Animation in Photoshop: Part one
  • Animation in Photoshop: Part two
  • Exporting from Photoshop for an NLE
2. Using Vanishing Point Exchange
  • What is Vanishing Point?
  • Drawing planes
  • Exporting the Vanishing Point Exchange files
  • Importing Vanishing Point Exchange files into After Effects
  • Cleaning up and extending the scene
  • Animation techniques with Vanishing Point Exchange
  • Rendering the After Effects composition for use in an NLE
3. Using 3D Layers in After Effects
  • Importing a 3D model with C4D Lite
  • Creating a basic animation with a 3D camera
  • Enhancing a 3D model with lights
  • Rendering a 3D model for an NLE
4. Creating 3D Content in Illustrator
  • Creating 3D objects with Extrude
  • Creating 3D objects with Revolve
  • Saving files from Illustrator to use in an NLE
  • Goodbye

Taught by

Richard Harrington

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