3D Topographic Maps in After Effects without plugins? There are more than a few options for creating 3D shapes in Ae, some are more effective than others. Likewise, some are more costly than others. However you don’t always need fancy plugins to create 3D shapes in After Effects.

Here, Mikey Borup shows how this can be possible. Using only standard effects, Mikey shows how you can create an animated 3D topographic maps with the stacked layer hack.

Mikey notes that even if you don’t have a specific need to create 3D topographic maps at the moment, there are plenty of tips that can be gleaned from the tutorial.

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