...not to mention that it becomes more pronounced the further the text is from the center of the screen, correct? That's 3D for you.
Now if that's NOT what's happening, please show us a couple-three screen shots to show us the layer's properties and what it looks like on-screen.
when you are making a layer 3D - you are viewing it through the default camera (even if you did not set one) and if you rotate the layer straight at the camera and not move it left or right - it will rotate straight i.e 90 Degrees on the Y or X Rotation will result in a thin almost invisible layer. this happens as long as your anchor point is dead center and the layer is too. text layer's default anchor point is at the bottom left.
so you have two choices:
1. center you anchor point to the layer Ctrl/Cmd+Alt+Home and center your layer in the middle of the screen: Ctrl/Cmd + Home - now you can rotate and it will be straight.
2. create a Two-Node Camera and move it's Y position until you see the layer flat
Hi Dave, yes that's exactly what is happening. It's making more sense now. I've just moved the text layer to the centre of the screen and it doesn't slant at all.
Hi Roei, I'd like to try your suggestion 2 as the text layer needs to be to the left of the page rather than in the centre. How do I create a two-node camera? Also, will that camera only effect that text layer and not other 3D layers within the comp?
I'm still relatively new to AE, so still learning.
Thanks for you help.
the camera will affect all the layers that are 3D. if thats a problem you could create a Camera and A layer and Pre-compose them. it looks like you are missing some of the basics. I could just tell you the set of instructions but then you will be stuck again. I prefer to teach how to fish and not give you fishes. you can't just relay on recipes if you want to get it done. start reading here:
if you still have question we will be here.