How to Turn Curved Pages in After Effects

Evan Abrams Shows How to Create a Simple Book in Ae, Featuring Curved Pages That Turn.

Creating an animated book within after effects require some of the 3D tools or 2.5D at the very least. We know that making 2D layers 3D and moving the anchor along with some parenting is a great way to create custom rotations. It’s a simple way to build the rig for the pages of a book for example. Wouldn’t it be great to have the sheets curved to add a bit more pizzaz to the animation? It’s entirely possible right in After Effects thanks to the Cinema 4D Renderer, which is how Evan Abrams makes the curved pages in a book for his latest tutorial.

The Cinema 4D rendering engine in Ae offers some nice features, but the list of things that it doesn’t support is much longer. Not to worry though, the C4D mode in AE is much more robust than Ae’s legacy, and that includes making surfaces curved, which is the perfect way to create the curved pages of a book. “If you are new to after effects, or new to 3d in after effects, this tutorial should get you started” Evan notes, as he makes the scene file available for download.

1 comment

  1. Thanks for the tutorial, it’s pretty cool, but the little limitation you mention at the end is not so little… The tutorial has taught me about after effects techniques, but I can’t use it because of the limitation…
    Thanks anyway

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