After Effects and Photoshop: Animation and Production by Jeff Foster

By Jeff Foster

If you are within the company of movement portraits or computer electronic video creation, you recognize that Adobe's After results and Photoshop are of the main integral content material construction instruments. extra built-in than ever earlier than, the world's number-one compositing and image-editing courses can be utilized in tandem to create caliber paintings at a comparatively low-budget. however it takes years of expertise to determine the right way to get the main out of this awesome duo. With After results and Photoshop: Animation and creation results for DV and movie, pix guru Jeff Foster has created the 1st booklet dedicated to displaying how one can use those courses jointly to provide animations and results at the computer. This functional consultant focuses solely on thoughts typical within the box in addition to state-of-the-art creation tips. those hands-on tasks will demystify cool Hollywood results and assist you resolve your day-by-day demanding situations. and they will motivate you to imagine extra artistically whilst impending your creations.Inside, you will discover professional innovations for movement images and video construction, together with how to:Add intensity and realism on your animations by way of mimicking actual movement; Use exaggerated pursuits to reinforce characterization; practice 3-D animation to 2-D photographs; eliminate history fodder with blue-screen rubbish mattes; hire rotoscoping suggestions for frame-by-frame retouching; build practical composites and scene destinations utilizing matte portray strategies; Make video clips from stills via simulating 3-D digicam movement; make the most of viewpoint, velocity, and scale to create plausible relocating items; Produce life like lighting tricks equivalent to noise, clouds, and smoke; perform creative movement titling results that seize people's consciousness; advance specialist scene transitions utilizing 3D layer animations; and masses more!"

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Run a RAM Preview to test the animation of the displacement map effect and adjust the speed and pixel displacement as necessary. Chapter 3: 3-D Layers from Photoshop Layers After Effects has the ability to turn any layer into a 3-D layer, allowing you to spin and move the layers, cameras, and lights—just like a 3-D application. There are many detailed camera and light controls to create realistic 3-D motion. Though you can't import primitive shapes or extrusions, you can do many things to fool the eye with photographic shapes cut out from Photoshop layers and rendered in a 3-D scene in After Effects.

Open the Material Options settings on the Timeline and turn on the Casts Shadows option. As a 3-D layer it doesn't matter where it will be placed in the Timeline hierarchy, and it will be animated in the Z-axis as well. 6. 21). This places the leaf just 10 pixels above the grass layer in its resting position, and it will appear more natural when the lights are added and a slight shadow is cast on the grass layer beneath it. This leaf will be the first one to hit the ground, so subsequent leaves will land about 10 pixels higher on each occurrence so that they overlap slightly.

Up to this point, there isn't any real light source shining on the scene, so no shadows are visible yet. Create a spotlight for the scene by selecting Layer > New > Light. When the Light Settings dialog pops up, choose Spot as the Light Type and select the Casts Shadows check box. 6). 6: Create a spotlight for the scene that will cast shadows and add depth and realism. Note For more natural-looking light, add a little yellow or orange tint to the light source. It will warm up your scene as if lit by incandescent light&"section"> Positioning Lights and Layers From this point, we will be working in several views on our scene to help us position our lights and layers: the main Active Camera view and Top, Front, and Left side views.

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