Backside of Layers Invisible in After Effects

In this quick post, I will show you how to quickly make the back side of any 3D layers in After Effects invisible.

Step 1:

Hold down ALT on your PC or OPT on your Mac keyboard and Left Click on the Stopwatch Icon of the Opacity property.

Step 2:

Insert a simple line of code inside the text field.

toCompVec{0, 0, 1}[2]

Step 3:

Rotate the logo. When you do that, you will notice that the back of the logo is no longer visible. It does not matter how you spin the logo, the back will alway be invisible.

We can easily reverse this action and hide the front of the logo instead of the back by simple adding a -1 to our code.

toCompVec{0, 0, -1}[2]

You should now be able to see the back side of the logo and not the front.

It is perfect for text where you need the front to say one things and the back something else. Here is a quick example.

I hope you found this quick tip useful!

About the author:

Sergei Prokhnevskiy

Sergei Prokhnevskiy is a Charlotte, NC based motion graphics designer, an online tutor, an entrepreneur, and Adobe MAX Master Speaker. Sergei is known for his quick and practical After Effects tips and tricks on YouTube, where he generated well over 6 million views on his tutorials. He has authored an online video course on After Effects Expressions and developed scripts for After Effects. He is also a former senior motion graphics designer at Fox Sports where he worked on graphics for NFL, Super Bowl, MLB, World Series, College Football, NASCAR, Women’s World Cup, and NASCAR Race Hub. He is very passionate about learning and teaching others.


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