After Effects Tutorials – Using Bevel to Convert 2D Text into 3D

Ever wonder how you can convert 2D Text in After Effects into 3D. Well, then this article is for you where i have mentioned a very simple trick that helps you achieve a 3 dimensional look and feel on your text in After Effects.

There are two methods that you can use. One is the Drop Shadow method and other is the Bevel Alpha method. Both these methods are very simple and easy to use. With Drop Shadow effect applied on your text layer, you can create a shadow of your text which when adjusted in a proper dimension can make your 2D Text look 3D. On the other hand, Bevel  Alpha method illuminates the edges of your text, thus making it look 3D.

Also See: Creating 3D text in After Effects with Shatter Effect

The Drop Shadow Method

To convert 2D text into 3D using the Drop Shadow method, follow the steps below.

  1. Create a new text layer and type in the content you want.
  2. Now at the Right side panel, under Effects and Presets, type Drop Shadow.
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  3. Drag and Drop the Effect on your Text Layer, It will immediately create a shadow of you text.
  4. Now adjust the parameters under Drop Shadow settings panel, mainly the direction and distance so that your text text appears to be 3D. Refer to the Video in this article for detailed explanation.
  5. Adjust the opacity of the shadow.

You will see that your text will now look 3D rather than plane 2 dimensional.

With Drop Shadow Effect
With Drop Shadow Effect

 

The Bevel Alpha Method

Bevel Alpha Method is the second method that can help you convert 2D text into 3D. To do so,

  1. Create a new text layer and type in the content you want.
  2. Now again at the right side panel, under Effects and Presets, type Bevel Alpha.
  3. Drag and Drop the Effect on your Text Layer.
  4. Now adjust the parameters under Bevel Alpha settings panel. Increase the Edge Thickness value a bit, change the Light Angle according to your need and also increase the Light Intensity a bit.
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Your 2 dimensional text will now look and feel as if it is 3D.

With Bevel Alpha Effect
With Bevel Alpha Effect

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