When you are working with 2D images in After Effects, you can apply certain 3D effects to them in animation to give them dimension and volume within the space of your canvas. However, this is possible as long as you are working with a file that includes 2D layers, such as an Illustrator project.
Ever wondered how to generate a camera movement that zooms in a 3D artwork? Well, if you want to know how to add 3D depth to a 2D picture with After Effects, try importing an Illustrator project with several layers to your Timeline, or download any layered file from the Internet.
You will need this to know how to make your work easier when creating the feeling that every object on your layers has volume.
To generate the illusion of entering the screen while giving body to each of the objects in the composition originally designed in 2D, you must first use After Effects' 3D cameras on the separate layers of your project. To do this:
Once you have created your camera layer, you must create your Null Object to create spaces between your objects and give them a 3D effect. To do this:
To arrange your layers so After Effects' 3D camera "focuses" them independently, you need to activate the second display in your Composition panel. Enable it by pulling down the last tab at the bottom of your Composition panel and switching the view to the 2 views option.
Once the new display appears, zoom out until you can see the whole tool on the screen, and:
Repeat the last three steps for each layer. They will serve to create the spaces between each of the objects and the camera. Check it by looking at the second screen to recognize the layers and their order in front of the After Effects 3D camera.
To start the Zoom movement, select your Null Object layer and hit P to modify the start and end position of the objects in the Timeline. Turn on the Position keyframe by clicking on the stopwatch and stop the movement by setting the Time Indicator to the second of your choice and changing the previous value of the Position keyframe.
This process of creating 3D dimensions and spaces may seem complex, but it is not. It just takes a little practice as you get used to linking and unlinking layers.
However, this is a handy trick to animate your illustrations, photos, and layered images in a professional way with After Effects.