Animating 3D objects
You’ve animated objects in earlier lessons, but 3D objects can be animated across the x, y, and z axes. You’ll animate the 3D Text layer to make the composition more dynamic.
- Click the Final Comp tab in the Timeline panel if it’s not already active.
- Move the current-time indicator to 0:15.
- Select the 3D Text layer in the Timeline panel, and press the P key to reveal the Position property for the layer.
- Click the stopwatch icon next to the Position property to set an initial keyframe for the layer.
- Press the Home key, or move the current-time indicator to the beginning of the time ruler.
In the Composition panel, click the x-axis control (the red arrow) on the 3D axis, and drag the 3D Text layer to the right until it is completely out of the frame.
When you select only one axis in the Composition panel, you restrict movement of the 3D layer to that axis.
- Manually move the current-time indicator from 0:00 to 0:15 to see the text come into the frame. It arrives abruptly; you’ll ease that transition.
- Click the Position property name to select all the Position keyframes for the 3D Text layer.
- Choose Animation > Keyframe Assistant > Easy Ease.
- Press the P key to hide the Position property.