In this guide we'll go over the simple steps you can take to create a bending illusion with a playing card layer in After Effects. There are two methods to go about doing this in After Effects. 1 - The puppet tool method and 2 - the CC Bend It Method. By using the puppet tool, you can achieve a desirable 2D bending look, however it won't be as realistic compared to the CC Bend It method. The only downside to the second method is that CC Bend It is a paid third-party plugin, so you'll need to buy it first.
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In Adobe After Effects, you can create the appearance of a bent playing card using a combination of animation techniques. One common approach is to use the Puppet Pin tool to create a bend in the card by pinning specific points along the card and then animating the position of those points over time. Additionally, you can use the distortion tools such as the Bulge effect or the Liquify effect to create the appearance of a more realistic bend in the card. Another way to do this effects is by using a combination of the compositing techniques mentioned above to make the card look more realistic and to blend it seamlessly into the scene.
In this guide, we'll go over the steps you need to take to create your own 3D bending playing card animation in After Effects. By following this tutorial, you'll be able to to achieve the same effect as us in just a few clicks! The same techniques outlined in this tutorial can also be used to bend any 2D layer in After Effects, so you can get creative with it! Start bending 3D UIs, web pages, photos and more!
The newly released puppet tool in After Effects is a tool that let's you create bending points on a layer, then gives you control over how those points re-position and stretch the layer over time. This tool can be very helpful for creating a 2D style bent playing card (or any layer of that sort) in After Effects. Here's how we did it:
Within After Effects, there are a plethora of techniques available to manipulate the shape of objects, including the method we went over above. These include pin tools, warp effects, and a variety of external plugins. However, the there is another way to bend layers which involves using the CC Bend It Effect, which is integrated directly into the software. You should also try this if you want a more defined bend that looks like it was done with a 3D layer.
The CC Bend It is a Third-Party plugin, not a native feature of After Effects. So you'll need to purchase and downloaded it before trying this method on your own. the CC Bend It Plugin/Script can create a more realistic bend in a playing card by allowing you to adjust the curvature of the bend, the angle of the bend, and the amount of bending.
WTFx has made a great tutorial on how to bend layers using the CC Bend It Plugin. Here's an overview of what he mentioned:
the best part about using CC Bend it as opposed to the puppet tool is that CC Bend It will allow you to create more realistic bend that appears to be in 3D.
Animating the bend in a playing card using keyframes in Adobe After Effects involves adjusting the position or other properties of the pins or the properties of the CC Bend It plug-in over time, creating a change in the shape of the card that gives the illusion of movement. Once you have completed the steps to apply CC Bend It to your layer, simply animate the effect controls through time. Here's how we did it:
By adjusting the position of the pins or properties of the CC Bend It plug-in over time using keyframes, you can create an animation of a bend in the playing card that gives the illusion of movement and realism.