When it comes to offering 3D effects tools After Effects has several professional options that can enhance your compositions. However, the result of your animations will also depend on the files you work with.
Let's say you want to animate an illustration so that the viewer feels as if they are stepping into it. Well, to generate the desired effect, you will need two requirements: a file that includes layers and learning how to use 3D cameras in After Effects.
If you usually work with Illustrator, you know that this other Adobe product also works with layers: a fundamental feature when working with 3D effects. Since it is possible to import .ai files into After Effects, we recommend you save your artwork with all its layers visible so you can animate every detail with the 3D camera and enhance your composition.
Import the Illustrator layered file into your Project panel and drag it onto the Timeline. Then double-click on your Composition to display all the layers of your footage, and make sure each element of your illustration has a layer assigned to it on your Timeline.
Remember that to use 3D tools on your layers you must convert them. Activate the option that looks like a Rubik's cube on all your layers to go from 2D to 3D.
To generate a 3D effect in which you slowly zoom in on your composition, you must create a Camera Layer. To do this:
By following these steps, you will have created the illusion of zooming in on your illustration. However, this is not the only way to do it.
There are techniques we will explain in future tutorials that will help you to enhance this effect, such as establishing spaces and dimensions between layers to create a 3D effect in each one of them.