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Motion Control 3D: Bringing Photos to Life in Three Dimensions with After Effects and Photoshop CC

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Overview

Transport your photos into a three-dimensional world using Adobe Photoshop and After Effects.

Have you looked at a photo and wished you were there, or wondered what the scene looked like to the photographer? Now you can bring your photos to life by adding motion and depth. Author Rich Harrington reveals how you can transport your photos into a three-dimensional world using Adobe Photoshop and After Effects. The course shows you how to select the right images and resolutions; how to use masks and layers to build a layered composition in Photoshop; and how to animate and light the elements of the scene in After Effects. The techniques is useful for documentary filmmaking, web content, and TV commercials. Rich even shows how to render your project in full 3D for compatible platforms like YouTube, or in a typical broadcast format suitable for television or streaming.

Syllabus

Introduction
  • Creating 3D motion with photos
  • What you should know before watching this course
  • Exercise files
1. Introducing Motion Control 3D
  • The technique explained
  • How to use motion control 3D in your projects
2. Choosing Photos for Motion Control 3D
  • Image selection guidelines
  • Resolution guidelines
  • Working in color or black and white
  • Advice when scanning
3. Planning the Move
  • Identifying planes
  • Creating a staging diagram
  • Understanding parallax
  • Choosing a focal length
  • Timing the move
4. Layering the Image
  • The Quick Selection tool
  • Using Quick Mask mode
  • The Select and Mask command
  • Making a selection based on subject, focus, or color
  • Dealing with contact points
5. Cleaning Up the Composite
  • Filling in the holes: Clone Stamp
  • Filling in the holes: Healing Brush
  • Filling in the holes: Content Aware Fill
  • Filling in the holes: Content Aware Move
  • Using Perspective Warp
  • Removing camera shake
  • Using a floor image
6. Organizing the Composition
  • Naming and organizing layers
  • Using Smart Objects to organize
7. Build the Composition
  • Importing a layered PSD file into After Effects
  • Adding a 3D camera
  • Setting the initial depth
  • Setting the composition size
  • Using motion blur
8. Animating the Camera
  • Using multiple views
  • Understanding keyframes
  • Modifying camera paths
  • Adding camera shake
  • Positioning while moving cameras and layers together
9. Adjusting the Camera
  • Setting the depth of field
  • Changing the focal length and zoom
  • Creating a rack focus
10. Re-lighting the Scene
  • Setting the ambient light
  • Adding a parallel light
  • Adding spot lights
  • Adding point lights
  • Using lighting effects
11. Adding Depth with Particles
  • Using After Effects particles
  • Using Trapcode Particular
12. Mixing In Footage
  • Using video files for texture
  • Using time-lapse layers
  • Time-remapping strategies
13. Creating 3D Perspective with Vanishing Point
  • Why use Vanishing Point
  • Preparing files in Photoshop
  • Cleaning up the files and transparency
  • Animating the vanishing point
  • Creating a 3D pan
14. Viewing in 3D
  • Adding a Stereo 3D Rig
  • Changing the 3D method
  • Choosing a render method
Conclusion
  • Next steps

Taught by

Richard Harrington

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