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After Effects Compositing Essentials: Matching Foreground to Background
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After Effects Compositing Essentials: Matching Foreground to Background

with Mark Christiansen

Video: Welcome

Hi, I'm Mark Christianson, and I'm going to share with you a
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  1. 7m 17s
    1. Welcome
      44s
    2. Using the exercise files
      5m 38s
    3. Before you begin
      55s
  2. 19m 26s
    1. Compositing is matching
      1m 25s
    2. Toggle and float panels to optimize your workspace
      2m 47s
    3. Match color in black and white
      7m 39s
    4. Use the histogram
      4m 6s
    5. Incorporate the Info panel
      3m 29s
  3. 23m 35s
    1. Prepare for an extreme match
      2m 29s
    2. Match levels with proportions
      6m 2s
    3. Slam to test the match
      3m 10s
    4. Develop an eye for saturation
      1m 57s
    5. Desaturate with Tint
      2m 47s
    6. Why isn't color matching automatic?
      4m 9s
    7. Straddle compositions with an expression control
      3m 1s
  4. 39m 53s
    1. Go further with atmospheric haze
      4m 59s
    2. Understand Gaussian vs. Defocus blurs
      4m 8s
    3. Create a simple rack focus between two layers with Camera Lens Blur
      4m 23s
    4. Set up a 3D rack focus with the After Effects camera
      5m 17s
    5. Create depth of field with a depth map
      3m 18s
    6. Add a 3D-generated depth map from CINEMA 4D
      3m 46s
    7. Rack focus with a 3D-generated depth map
      3m 20s
    8. Prevent matte clipping with Find Edges and Minimax
      3m 34s
    9. Add quick-and-dirty defocus with Box Blur
      1m 48s
    10. Re-create bokeh with frischluft's Lenscare
      5m 20s
  5. 9m 1s
    1. Organize a VFX comp down in number of layers
      5m 24s
    2. Analyze a complex shot with Uber key and the composition flowchart
      3m 37s
  6. 20m 30s
    1. Match shadow grain and color with an adjustment layer
      4m 6s
    2. Spot grain mismatches and match grain
      3m 31s
    3. Reduce or remove grain with Neat Video
      3m 21s
    4. Manage the grain pipeline in a complex shot
      5m 59s
    5. Customize a 2D drop shadow with a masked solid
      3m 33s

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After Effects Compositing Essentials: Matching Foreground to Background
1h 59m Intermediate May 22, 2014

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Creating a moving shot that is made up of disparate elements and looks as though it was taken all at once, with a single camera, is the very core of visual effects compositing. To make the effect look natural, compositors also need a deep understanding of how to match color, light, and phenomena specific to the camera, including grain and depth of field. Matching requires no special knack; for example, you can learn to effectively match color even if you have trouble seeing color accurately. So join Mark Christiansen, as he teaches you how to composite 2D or 3D foreground objects to a background scene with After Effects and seamlessly match light, color, depth of field, and noise, so that every element looks natural.

This course was created by Mark Christiansen. We're honored to host this training in our library.

Topics include:
  • Matching color in black and white
  • Matching levels with proportions
  • Desaturating with tint
  • Creating depth of field
  • Reducing or removing grain
Subjects:
Video Visual Effects
Author:
Mark Christiansen

Welcome

Hi, I'm Mark Christianson, and I'm going to share with you a passion of mine, which is visual effects compositing in Adobe After Effects. This is a skill that I've built up over my career, working on small projects and big feature films. And most often, working right in After Effects. This introductory course restores a little bit of the fun into the fundamentals. The shots that exemplify matching elements to a scene, whether 2D or 3D compositing.

We'll take into account, the way that the camera creates a moving image. Including the light, grain and depth of the field. Along with in-depth color matching techniques that frankly are going to rock your world.

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