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Create a 3D isometric effect

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06 Using position keyframes, move the camera from the top of the precomp to the bottom. Once you’re happy with your camera move, we can animate the secondary elements.

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07 Inside each precomp, you can now add all your secondary animations. Since everything is flat, only animate on X and Y paths, and animate on 60 and 90-degree paths to keep the 3D illusion.

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08 To animate a perfect 60-degree angle, draw your path in Illustrator and copy and paste it into the position property on the layer you want to move. It then turns each point into a keyframe.

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09 The way I achieved the ‘inch worm’ look was simply by animating a cube, duplicating it 10 times and offsetting the cubes by one frame so that they drag behind one another. You can precomp this effect too.

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10 Lastly, animate the icicles growing in the precomp. This should get you started on isometric animation in After Effects. Now create your own scenes and see where you can take it.