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Finalizing your photo for 3D animation

From: Motion Control 3D: Bringing Your Photos to Life in Three Dimensions

Video: Finalizing your photo for 3D animation

Once you think you've finished all the cloning and healing, you're going to want to do some cleanup of the file to optimize it for After Effects. Here are some of the essential things I look for. First off, I'm going to check the canvas size, and one of things I want to do is set this to Pixels. Now I find odd pixels to be problematic. It's going to offset things and could lead to subpixel resampling over in After Effects. So I am going to make this a nice even number there for the height and crop off a couple of pixels. That's looks good.

Finalizing your photo for 3D animation

Once you think you've finished all the cloning and healing, you're going to want to do some cleanup of the file to optimize it for After Effects. Here are some of the essential things I look for. First off, I'm going to check the canvas size, and one of things I want to do is set this to Pixels. Now I find odd pixels to be problematic. It's going to offset things and could lead to subpixel resampling over in After Effects. So I am going to make this a nice even number there for the height and crop off a couple of pixels. That's looks good.

And looking at all my layers here, they seem relatively organized. I've got the Field, the Tent, and the Soldiers. If I toggle those off and on, I could see all the individual pieces. It seems to be just about right. At the very bottom, I have a background layer here, and I'm going to duplicate that and call it Original. This is going to make it very easy as I work to have a point of reference between what I modified and the new scene. Now you see there's been a few changes there, and that's fine.

Let's just load the Soldiers as a selection, and we will inverse that and then deselect the sky. With the Marquee tool I'm just going to Alt-drag to remove a little bit there. There we go. That gives me some of the grass, and I'm just going to blend that in. There we go. It looks pretty good. We'll duplicate that layer, got it, mask it, and let's just mix it in with the background.

That's one of the advantages of keeping the original around is it makes me a bit easier to see what you're doing. That looks good. We'll merge that back and just do a little more cloning to finalize. There we go. Remember, the Clone tool with a lower opacity tends to work nicely. And we're just going through and looking for any problem areas, trying to smooth that out.

Now it's difficult here because we do have some hard shadows, but it's working pretty well. I got my layers. I've got my original. There is all my pieces, and we are about set. Let's take a look at one more image here, and this is the one we worked with earlier. You see we've got the background layer. There has been a little bit of cloning, there's the couple, and there's the stuff in front.

I'm going to put a layer up on top, and holding down the Alt key I am going to choose Layer > Merge Visible, and that's going to merge a copy, and I'll call that Reference. That's going to just give me something to spot check with as I animate in After Effects, and I want to make sure that things are lining up pretty critically. All right, everything is done and prepped, and we can send this on in to After Effects.

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