Rigging A 3d Button From Shape Layers in After Effects

Creating a button press animation is fairly simple. Creating one where the design can be changed, edited and manipulated to make sure it works as intended? That’s more interesting!

Mikey Borup shows how to rig a simple flat-look 3D button in After Effects so that it can be used over and over again for projects requiring buttons.

A sweet 3D button all rigged up in After effects and ready to be pressed

Mikey shows how to create the button from one After Effects Shape layer, and sets up some controls that will not only animate this simple shape but also change its attributes easily. For instance he animates it’s extrusion length as well as changing radius for rounded corners without having too much trouble in AE CS6+.