Have a look at an After Effects guide by Tony Babel that will teach how to animate a full 360-spin using only shape layers, without any plugins.
“This is a long one, make some coffee put on your earbuds and have fun! I’d love to see what you guys & gals create!”
Basically, you’ll learn some tricks that will help you set up a fake 3D effect. Yes, this is not a short guide, but it will help you figure out all the basic steps, so you will be able to set up some complex animations.
Make sure to discuss the guide in the comments below.