Sketchup to Photoshop to After Effects

Here’s a collection of links that helped me figure out a process to bring a 3D model from Sketchup to After Effects via Photoshop.

1) Install this plugin to export an .obj file from Google Sketchup:
Apparently the “pro” version of Sketchup will export obj without the plugin, but it’s $500 and I felt cheap.

2) Import the .obj file into Photoshop.
3) Setup lighting in Photoshop:

4) Import the Photoshop file into After Effects:

UPDATE: Now that After Effects CS6 includes built-in raycasting, this probably can be simplified somewhat.

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