The Paper Cutout Look in After Effects

In this course I’m going to show you how to create a shadowbox-style paper cutout effect inside After Effects. In each quick video we’ll cover things like:

  • Adding textures using track mattes
  • Customizing colors
  • Working with 3D cameras, layers, lights, and shadows
  • Precomposing layers
  • Parenting layers
  • Controlling expressions with sliders
  • Blending modes

And much, much more. As always, I’ll be showing you how I use keyboard shortcuts constantly for a more efficient workflow.


Jake Bartlett

Motion Designer

I’ve been working as a motion designer for over ten years. After graduating with a degree in digital media and working at a production company in LA for 5 years, I made the jump to full-time freelance. Since then I've begun teaching motion design courses online at Skillshare, School of Motion, and my YouTube channel. Supporting my family as a motion designer is a dream for me. I get to make things move every single day, and be at home with my wife and family while doing it.


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