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Adding 3D to Flash projects using After Effects

Adding 3D to Flash projects using After Effects

When I started learning Adobe After Effects, I realized that it includes a number of features and effects that can not only give more capabilities to my Macromedia Flash projects but save me time because of how the two applications are integrated.

After Effects gives you a variety of ways to create video with alpha, animate your graphic in 2D or 3D space, and then export your animation with a transparent background, as well as apply a variety of effects and presets that differentiate your Flash work.

This article will help you understand how After Effects integrates with Flash. You’ll learn how to benefit from these features in your Flash projects by using the 3D layer feature in After Effects to give a 2D Flash graphic some 3D properties. You will export a Flash graphic to After Effects, convert it to a 3D layer in order to give it 3D properties, and then animate it before finally bringing it back into Flash.


In order to make the most of this article, you need the following software and files:

Flash Professional 8

After Effects 7.0 (Standard or Professional)

Sample files:

Prerequisite Knowledge

You should have a basic knowledge of the Macromedia Flash and Adobe After Effects workspaces and an understanding of animation concepts.