Head Rotation in After Effects

In this tutorial, we can see a trick that you can use to give the 2D characters animation more 3D style look.
We’ll learn to animate a 2D character in After Effects, creating a fake 3d head rotation from manga style character.

How can create 3D look from 2D character in Ae?

Tutorial by Anthony Possobon will lead us in the different techniques working with Liquify Effect in After Effects. We use the same 2D animation techniques you can use in other software like Opentoonz, Moho, Spine 2D, ToonBoom.

“3D” Head Rotation for Detailed Artwork in After Effects

How to create a fake head rotation from artwork in After Effects?


Breakdown – 0:48
Liquify in After Effects – 1:38
Animating in After Effects – 14:08
Final animation and thoughts – 21:20


Script Overview – Here


Download Script Here: AFPPackage.zip

(These scripts are free by Tony aka MrPastaBomb. Current build ONLY supports After Effects CC 2018/2019 for Windows 7/10 and Mac OSX in English and has had limited testing. These scripts are not required to animate your environment with the global variable concept, think of them as more of a luxury and time saver! Also, currently, 3D position is not support.)

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Never Looking Back (Instrumental Version) VESHZA
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