Tigran Manukyan shares a quick tip that shows how you can make a 3D coin in After Effects without special plugs.
In this day and age, there are a lot of ways to create and use 3D in After Effects. We now have the choices of using 3rd party tools or tools that come with After Effects such as Cinema 4D Lite and Cineware. There is some manual (more or less) ways that you can create 3d, and one of those is creating a tone of offset layers.
Check out this quick tip tutorial Motion Designer Tigran Manukyan shows how that can work. Manukyan shows how to create a great-looking 3D coin using the many-layer method. It might seem like a complicated method, but some tools can help you in that regard.