2 Replies Latest reply on Oct 21, 2015 7:44 AM by adamneer

    Photoshop 3D OBJ files to After Effects

    SalterNet Level 1

      Just that. I have a textured 3D object in Photoshop that I want to use in After Effects. Is there any workflow whatsoever to make it happen?

      I've attempted to use Cinema 4D, but the OBJ never retains its textures when going in there, and I'm afraid I'm not familiar at all with the Cinema4D workflow.


      Is there a simple way to do this using only methods available for Adobe CC?

        • 2. Re: Photoshop 3D OBJ files to After Effects
          adamneer Level 2

          3D object textures are not even seamlessly transferable between equally capable 3D rendering programs, so a drag and drop solution to your question is not going to happen.  However, basic textures (and I imagine Photoshop is only creating the most basic of basic) can pretty easily be set up to work properly if you know where to look and what the textures do.  Photoshop most likely created a color (commonly referred to as a "diffuse") map, and either a bump map or normal map, possibly both.  The easiest and fastest way to work with .obj's within AE is by using Video Copilot's plugin "Element 3D".  It allows you to import the .obj file and provides channels for you to place your texture maps in their respective places.  Beyond the placement of your diffuse and bump/normal maps, you will need to play around with settings for specular (basically surface light reflectance), glossiness, reflection (the mirror kind) and you will likely need to click a checkbox that says "show backfaces", since by default, Element only renders the front facing side of a polygon (the surface "normal").  You can do all these things in C4D as well, with a much greater amount of control, but if you are unfamiliar with the interface and the endless texturing options of C4D, it'll likely be more difficult than you are hoping for.  C4D is also considerably slower to render than Element, though it can produce much higher quality results depending on your needs.