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How to creating spinning objects in After Effects

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In After Effects go to Composition/New Composition.

Creating a new composition

Choose the preset of your choice. We are going with HDTV1080 29;97, background color black and then
Click OK.

We are ready to bring in our planet. We are using a flat planet map of the earth. has planet maps and anything from NASA does not have a copyright.

Map of Earth

File import your flat map in to your project panel and then drag it in to the timeline.

Importing flat art into After Effects

Click on the picture name in the timeline and then type CC Sphere in the Effects & Presets panel. Double click on the CC Sphere effect. What’s very cool about this effect is that if your map is drawn correctly you will not have a seam where the left and right edges meet.

Your map is starting to look like a planet. You can go to the Effect Controls panel and twirl open light and change the light height to your liking.

Adjust the light height setting

To make your planet spin twirl open rotation in the Effect Controls panel.

Then click the stop watch on Rotation Y.

Adjusting Stopwatch on Y rotation

Then move your timeline indicator to the end of the timeline.

Move timeline indicator

Go back to the effect control and replace the 0x on Rotation Y with the number of your choice. We are using 3x.

You should now have a rotating planet. NASA also has public domain pictures of star fields which you can download and place beneath your planet in the timeline.

Finish project - rotating planet

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