after-effect-cube3D Cube can be a difficult to build in After Effects if the basic steps are not followed, in the past I tried to create a few 3D cubes in after effects by using different methods, some completely fail because of my approach of creating inaccurate shape size. So I have decided to share what I have learned and show one quick way to build a good looking 3D cube that you can use for your futur ae projects. At the end of this tutorial you should be able to create a kick ass animated 3D cube that open and close in 3D space.

Also as a free bonus at the end of this After Effects tutorial I am giving away the aep source project file for this tutorial so you can see how my version is and make a better cube!

Feel free to send me your comments / critics they are all welcome!

Let’s get started!

  1. Open Adobe After Effects.
  2. Create a composition 1920×1080
  3. Click on View, Click Show Grid, your composition show look like this below
    after-effect-grid
  4. Make sure Snap Grid is turn on
    after-effect-snap-grid
  5. Let’s create the cube faces, click on the rectangle tool
    rectangle-tool
  6. Create the each square faces base of the grid. Make sure you snap the edges by moving the edge near the other edge of the square
    square-faces
    make the square face different color so it is easier to work with.
  7. Turn on the 3D Layer for each square
    3d-layer
  8. Parent the faces to the main “skyblue” layer so later you can move the base and move all the layer at the same timeparent-layers
  9. Move each square axis by pressing “Y”. to look like the picture below
    square-cube-axis
  10. Now let’s create the 3D cube by rotating each square faces, the first keyframes column are set to 0 and the next column are set to 90 so it can animate
    cube-face-rotation
    Detail:
    Orange square X Rotation:-90.0
    Green square X Rotation:+90.0
    Blue (dark blue) square Y Rotation:+90.0
    Light Blue square Y Rotation:+90.0
    Yellow square Y Rotation:-90.0
  11. Create a Camera (Click on layer tab/click new/Click Camera)
  12. Rotate camera and enjoy your work!
    rotate-camera

Download the 3D After Effects Cube here.