John Dickinson has created a free After Effects CS6 project that includes several 3D materials, such as glass, steel, chrome, copper, and plastic. This project demonstrates how to work with the material options and other features in After Effects CS6 to create various looks using the new ray-traced 3D renderer.
You can download the project here.
Be sure to watch John’s great tutorials on this subject:
For more about what’s new and changed in After Effects CS6, as well as how to order it or try it free for 30 days, see this page.
One thing to keep in mind when working with the ray-traced 3D renderer is that its performance is greatly enhanced by the GPU. See this page for details about how After Effects CS6 uses CUDA and OpenGL on the GPU.
For more information on the new 3D features in After Effects CS6, see these free video tutorial from Total Training and video2brain:
Total Training, with Brian Maffitt
- introduction to Classic 3D renderer
- introduction to extruded text and shapes
- more about extruded text and shapes
- bending 2D layers in 3D
- 3D environment maps
- new 3D material options
video2brain, with me (Todd Kopriva)