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Photoshop 3D text animation

You can use Photoshop to create 3D animations for Final Cut Pro or Avid Media Composer.  After you create your animation, just save render it out as a QuickTime Movie and import it into your favorite editing system.

Check out this short tutorial on how to animate a simple lower third in 3D.

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With Photosop CS5, you can type any text , turn it into a 3D object and animate it using Photoshop animation tools.Create a new file with a transparent background.

Select the text tool and write a word of your choice.

Click on the 3D menu, select "Repoussé"  , and choose "Text Layer"

Click "yes" on the warning window.  Your text is now rasterized, in order to work with the 3D effects.

The Repoussé palette menu shows up automatically

Click on the extrude depth option and extrude your text to .50 In the materials section of the palette, click on "front"

…and choose one of the default surface materials.

Now click on "sides" and repeat the process to select a material for the side surfaces of your text.

Click on the Rotate the Mesh option

Now click and drag for a quick pick of your  extruded text in 3D space.

Before proceeding, click on Return to Initial Mesh Position

Now click OK

From the Window menu, choose Animation. 

The Animation Palette Menu opens at the bottom of your screen.

Twirl down the disclosure triangle for your 3D object.

Click on the stop watch icon for the 3D object position.

Now move the position indicator to when you want the animation to stop.

Select the Object Rotate Tool

Click on the object & drag to flip your text over.

Click on the Camera Roll Tool to adjust your image.

Move your position indicator again to the Start position.

Finally, click on the Play button of the animation controls and see your object move.Thats's it !, it is that simple.

Export your file to video by clicking on File, Export , Render Video, and then Render.

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