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How to Create a 3D Instagram Cube Transition in After Effects

Sep 23, 2020

Are you looking to enhance your skills and impress those around you with your design abilities? It’s easier to create 3D cube transitions than most people think and it is a skill that will enhance your abilities overall. By learning how to create 3D cube transitions, you will learn so many other best practices and skills to do a smooth adobe after effects transition.

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1. 3D Cube Transitions in After Effects

3D Cube transitions, most used on social media platforms like Instagram, are attractive and smooth animations that will take your look to the next level. While they look complex and difficult from the viewers perspective, they are actually quite simple to create in After Effects.

Understanding how to create an adobe after effects transition is a fundamental part of being a designer these days and I want to help you understand how much fun you can have while elevating your career.

I was messing around on my phone the other day and realized how simple the Instagram story 3D transitions are to create in After Effects.

I put together this quick tutorial to show you how it’s done which you will see below.

Most people don’t realize how insanely easy it is to create something visually quite stunning in After Effects. But, this animation cube, while not commonly used, will advance your aesthetics.

2. Steps on How to Create a 3D Instagram Cube Transition in After Effects

While 3D cube transitions aren't totally common, they are cool, and once you get the feel of how simple 3D works in After Effects, you'll be stoked. Not only will you be happier and impressed with yourself, you will be impressing all those around you, including your boss and/or stakeholders. This adobe after effects transition is one of my favorite transitions and will be yours too! You can download the source files and follow along here:

Click here to download the project assets and follow along.

Here are the steps:

  1. Import the design file
  2. Turn the layers 3D
  3. Move and rotate the right side of the 'cube'
  4. Create a null
  5. Move the null position in 3D space to the volumetric center of the 'cube'
  6. Parent the two layers to your null
  7. Drop a couple y axis keyframes on that sucka
  8. Ease those curves with the graph editor
  9. Drop a parallax light on, and enjoy!

Reach out to me if you have any questions or get confused along the way. I’d love to help you!

3. Adobe After Effects Transition Resources

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Build a portfolio-quality showcase UI Animation

Export your assets for hand-off to engineers

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Click here to download the project assets and follow along.

4. End Product of 3D Instagram Cube Transition

Here is the video with handles and without handles

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Final Thoughts

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