In this tutorial, I’m going to teach you how to make Extruding Shape Layers in Adobe After Effects CS6.

First thing you need to do is start out a new project, give it a name and save it.

Now, to create a shape layer, you don´t need to select anything, just go to the screen and create a shape like in the example below. You can give it colors and modify it the way you want.

Make it a 3D layer by clicking on the “Classic 3D” tab on the upper right side of the screen.

You need to wait for it to load and then you will be able to see your shape like this.

On the bottom left, you will see an option that says “Shape layer” inside which you will find other options such as: Contents, transform, geometry options and material options .

You can use these options to perform all sorts of changes in your shape. You will use the geometry option to “extrude your shape”

You can regulate the lighting and other features from here as well.

After Effects is a very useful program for those interested in design, it´s really simple to use and it can make a difference when creating a project. I highly recommend you to explore it.