Andrew Devis takes a look at the various methods for creating extruded 3D text and shapes in After Effects by means of native tools, or by third party plugins. This time around, Andrew shows how to use the “duplication method” which uses copies of the same layer to create depth.

“Extruding 3D text and shapes can be done in a number of different ways in After Effects using either native tools or 3rd party plug-ins. In this first tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the duplication method which uses numerous layers of the same item to create the illusion of depth. Andrew shows the simple expression to use to make the job quick and easy as well as showing how to change the source layer to animate shapes.”