How to Make the Most Realistic Fake 3D in After Effects

Plugin Everything shows how you can make the best looking fake 3D in Ae based on Alpha Channels.

We’ve seen that it’s unnecessary to create 3D objects to get a 3D look in Adobe After Effects. When you deal with characters and motion graphics, you can painstakingly create a 3D look just by moving points around. If you are looking to create something a little more “real” looking, check out this new tutorial from the people at Plugin Everything.

Create 3D from Alpha Channels.

Faking a solid 3D look is pretty simple when you use Shadow Studio 2 and Deep Glow from Plugin Everything. The technique also uses an inverted alpha to simulate bevels and lighting for the fake 3D scene.