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Colorizing black-and-white objects

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Video: Colorizing black-and-white objects

As we saw earlier in Chapter 6, there is lot of times like with Fractal Noise and a few other effects where you have a grayscale pattern, and you need to add some color to it. So, I kind of want to give you a whiz bang tour through several ways to do that, and I am going to kind of feel like Wizard of Oz here because you've had the "power to colorize" all along. Well, let's first start with Hue/ Saturation and apply that to-- what do we have here? And basically, this is Cell Pattern effect what you're seeing here. This is very much like Fractal Noise. We have the Evolution property. You can click and drag on this and that brings these cells to life, kind of like what we saw with Fractal Noise, again via similar properties.

Colorizing black-and-white objects

As we saw earlier in Chapter 6, there is lot of times like with Fractal Noise and a few other effects where you have a grayscale pattern, and you need to add some color to it. So, I kind of want to give you a whiz bang tour through several ways to do that, and I am going to kind of feel like Wizard of Oz here because you've had the "power to colorize" all along. Well, let's first start with Hue/ Saturation and apply that to-- what do we have here? And basically, this is Cell Pattern effect what you're seeing here. This is very much like Fractal Noise. We have the Evolution property. You can click and drag on this and that brings these cells to life, kind of like what we saw with Fractal Noise, again via similar properties.

And with the Hue/Saturation, if we play with Master Hue and Saturation, there aren't any hues here. There is no saturation here so it won't have much of an effect. So, we need to do is check the Colorize box down at the bottom and that allows us to add one color into the mix. So, we could change what that color is by changing the Colorize Hue value. And we can adjust the saturation of that color by using the Colorize Saturation value. And then we also have the Colorize Lightness and I don't recommend using this because it's for the same reason why we don't use Master Lightness, because it brightens every pixel and darkens every pixel, and even with the grayscale pattern a lot of time you don't want to do that.

You're probably better off using Levels or something like that, but that's one way to colorize. I am going to select Hue/ Saturation, delete that. Another way to colorize is by using another effect we've been using. That's Color Balance. We could apply that. We don't have direct control over the colors of blacks and whites. It's same as Hue/Saturation, but we can control those colors in the middle. All the grayscale colors. We can use these Balance values to change the midtone colors. So, again, white and black see the same, but we could colorize those mid values.

I am going to select Color Balance and hit Delete to get rid of that. Think about some new effects. Tint is the simple one. If I apply the Tint effect, basically what it allows us to do is change what black is mapped to and change what white is mapped to. Very simple effect. So, let's say we wanted black to be mapped to-- I'll just click on that color swatch and let's say red, and then we could map white to some other color. Maybe black or a different shade of red, or maybe a blue or what have you. Spiderman's DNA or something.

So, we have some different choices here of how white and black are mapped together. Now I am just going to go ahead and select Tint and hit Delete on that. A little bit more powerful than Tint is an effect called Tritone and that allows us to adjust, the same thing as Tint, the highlights and the shadows. It also gives us midtone values as well that we can play with. So, we'll click on the color swatch for Highlights. And we can take that to something very extreme, maybe like a vibrant green I guess.

And then we could go to the Midtones color swatch, the brown swatch, and we could play around with that color, maybe take this to a deep blue, open up Cell Pattern here, and as we adjust the Evolution you could see how now that kind of looks like cells under some kind of radioactive microscope. I don't know. I am not a scientist, but it looks kind of cool. Now the final colorizing effect that I want to show you is one that we have looked at briefly before and it is very powerful, but I want to cover it a little bit better and that is Colorama.

Go ahead and apply Colorama to these cells and watch them freak out a little bit, 60s style, and then open up the Output Cycle area in Colorama. And we'll get the Use Preset palette dropdown, where there is a series of preset colors. And basically, I didn't mention this before, but essentially what the very complex Colorama does is that it converts all colors of your original layer to black and white and then remaps those color values to a different color.

Now it's all based on this Output Cycle wheel so we could actually grab these values and move them around manually. And we could click and add new colors, but again, this is a very powerful complex deal here. So, for new users I recommend just using this Preset palette. A lot of cool stuff here. You've looked at fire before where it remaps the colors to these cool fiery colors and again, as we move these Evolution values for Cell Pattern, we could see fiery cells coming to life. We could also change this to something like Old Glory.

There is more intense color schemes like Caribbean and the Golden ones. There is also like Moldy and Mossy and stuff like that, so these would go good for mold and fungus, that type of stuff that you can create with the Cell Pattern effect, but in a nutshell those are the four or five ways to colorize. We have Hue/Saturation, Color Balance, Tint, Tritone and Colorama. I am sure there are others, but those are the five that I use primarily.

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  1. 5m 40s
    1. Introduction
      1m 30s
    2. What is After Effects?
      3m 12s
    3. How to use the exercise files
      58s
  2. 28m 14s
    1. After Effects workflow overview
      2m 18s
    2. Bringing elements into After Effects
      2m 23s
    3. Adding elements to the Timeline
      1m 57s
    4. Working with layers
      3m 45s
    5. Creating animation with presets
      3m 24s
    6. Applying effects
      3m 34s
    7. Creating animation without presets
      5m 38s
    8. Previewing your work
      2m 46s
    9. Exporting content as a movie file
      2m 29s
  3. 27m 20s
    1. Touring the interface
      6m 2s
    2. How After Effects projects work
      4m 47s
    3. What is a composition?
      4m 52s
    4. Tips for adding content to compositions
      2m 49s
    5. Understanding the properties of video
      8m 50s
  4. 57m 8s
    1. Importing an Illustrator file
      4m 57s
    2. Animation basics
      7m 12s
    3. Animating opacity
      6m 40s
    4. Understanding anchor points
      4m 57s
    5. Animating position
      6m 8s
    6. Animating rotation
      4m 41s
    7. Animating scale
      7m 19s
    8. Using the Puppet tool
      7m 13s
    9. Copying and pasting keyframes
      3m 4s
    10. Animation shortcuts
      4m 57s
  5. 9m 42s
    1. Understanding precomposing
      6m 51s
    2. Navigating through compositions quickly
      2m 51s
  6. 1h 12m
    1. A showcase of effects
      2m 34s
    2. Creating a layer for effects
      3m 1s
    3. Applying effects
      4m 54s
    4. Animating effect properties
      4m 29s
    5. Using Glow
      5m 34s
    6. Creating patterns and textures
      6m 57s
    7. Creating a fireball
      7m 9s
    8. Using the Cycore effects
      5m 58s
    9. Adding blur
      5m 45s
    10. Creating a galaxy scene from scratch
      8m 38s
    11. Distorting objects with effects
      4m 7s
    12. Creating and using lens flares
      4m 21s
    13. Creating lightning bolts
      4m 3s
    14. Viewing random variations with Brainstorm
      4m 39s
  7. 30m 52s
    1. Shortening the duration of layers
      4m 23s
    2. Trimming in the Footage panel
      4m 14s
    3. Slowing and accelerating video speed
      7m 9s
    4. Applying video transitions between clips
      6m 7s
    5. Working with image sequences
      4m 47s
    6. Importing footage with an alpha channel
      4m 12s
  8. 36m 11s
    1. Brightening dark footage
      9m 12s
    2. Changing colors in footage
      6m 34s
    3. Creating cinematic color treatments
      8m 17s
    4. Creating a quick vignette
      3m 42s
    5. Colorizing black-and-white objects
      4m 50s
    6. Using adjustment layers
      3m 36s
  9. 21m 9s
    1. Creating and editing text
      7m 39s
    2. Applying text animation presets
      4m 41s
    3. Animating text manually
      4m 43s
    4. Applying layer styles to text
      4m 6s
  10. 28m 58s
    1. Let's get better
      37s
    2. Using work areas
      3m 37s
    3. Creating markers
      6m 17s
    4. Replacing layers
      2m 35s
    5. Mastering Timeline navigation
      3m 18s
    6. Aligning and distributing layers
      3m 4s
    7. Selecting layers quickly
      1m 56s
    8. Cropping layers
      3m 43s
    9. Adjusting comp resolution
      3m 51s
  11. 23m 53s
    1. Using the paint tools
      9m 35s
    2. Using the Roto Brush tool
      9m 25s
    3. Animating growing vines
      4m 53s
  12. 40m 29s
    1. Creating and using masks
      6m 42s
    2. Exploring mask options
      7m 57s
    3. Creating masks with Auto-trace
      6m 51s
    4. Masking objects with other objects
      5m 33s
    5. Making shape layers
      3m 43s
    6. Modifying shape layers
      9m 43s
  13. 30m 44s
    1. Turning 2D layers into 3D layers
      9m 22s
    2. Creating lights and cameras
      6m 14s
    3. Creating shadows
      4m 23s
    4. Using depth of field
      4m 42s
    5. Working with 3D effects
      6m 3s
  14. 18m 10s
    1. Removing a green screen background
      4m 37s
    2. Refining the matte
      4m 48s
    3. Compositing with color adjustments
      4m 50s
    4. Compositing with blend modes
      3m 55s
  15. 25m 44s
    1. Understanding spatial interpolation
      2m 5s
    2. Creating and adjusting motion paths
      3m 55s
    3. Orienting moving objects along a path
      1m 29s
    4. Drawing motion with Motion Sketch
      2m 51s
    5. Creating pauses in animation
      3m 6s
    6. Understanding temporal interpolation
      1m 56s
    7. Easing keyframes
      5m 57s
    8. About the Graph Editor
      4m 25s
  16. 12m 13s
    1. Stabilizing shaky footage
      7m 46s
    2. Tracking the motion in footage
      4m 27s
  17. 24m 58s
    1. Setting up parent layers
      5m 49s
    2. Working with null objects
      2m 31s
    3. What are expressions?
      7m 17s
    4. Modifying simple expressions
      2m 20s
    5. Using the wiggle expression
      7m 1s
  18. 6m 52s
    1. Understanding audio in motion graphics
      1m 22s
    2. Previewing and mixing audio
      3m 55s
    3. Enhancing audio tracks with effects
      1m 35s
  19. 11m 36s
    1. Adding comps to the Render Queue
      2m 30s
    2. Exploring key Render Queue settings
      4m 11s
    3. How should I export my video?
      4m 55s
  20. 7m 16s
    1. Using Photoshop with After Effects
      2m 10s
    2. Using Illustrator with After Effects
      3m 2s
    3. Using Flash with After Effects
      2m 4s
  21. 11s
    1. Goodbye
      11s

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