A common motion graphics task is to take a client's 2D logo and make it fly: extruding it into 3D, lighting it, animating it, and rendering it for video. But what if you've never created a 3D logo before? No worries! In this entry-level project-based course, After Effects veteran Chris Meyer will show you how to pull it off using Illustrator, After Effects, and the powerful 3D plugin bundled with Creative Cloud, CINEMA 4D Lite. We're not promising you'll be a 3D guru in two hours, but you'll certainly learn enough to make your logos take flight—and hopefully lift your client's expectations as well.
Preparing the logo in Adobe Illustrator
Importing, extruding, and beveling the logo
Simple texturing using material presets
Key and fill lighting
Keyframing a camera move
Compositing in After Effects
Rendering for video or the web