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

with Richard Harrington

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Hi, my name is Richard Harrington, and today I'm going to share with you some of my favorite techniques for designing motion graphics that use photos. Now, what I'm going to show you is built upon a lot of years of practical use. I was a History Minor in college and a Journalism Major, and so I've always been enthralled by photo journalism and telling stories. I've also worked on a lot of documentaries through the years, and I really enjoy taking pictures and bringing history to life. To do this, we're going to use photos along with Photoshop and After Effects to layer those photos, split them into 3D space, and then move the camera through virtually.

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1h 30m Intermediate Oct 04, 2012

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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 to your images. 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 the composition in Photoshop; and how to animate the camera and light the scene in After Effects.

Topics include:
  • Understanding parallax
  • Choosing the best photos
  • Identifying planes
  • Using Quick Selection, Quick Mask, and Refine Edge to create layers
  • Adding a 3D camera to your scene
  • Setting the depth and size of your composition
  • Using multiple views
  • Adding depth of field and Bokeh blur
  • Setting ambient and directional light
Subjects:
Video Motion Graphics
Software:
After Effects Photoshop
Author:
Richard Harrington

Welcome

Hi, my name is Richard Harrington, and today I'm going to share with you some of my favorite techniques for designing motion graphics that use photos. Now, what I'm going to show you is built upon a lot of years of practical use. I was a History Minor in college and a Journalism Major, and so I've always been enthralled by photo journalism and telling stories. I've also worked on a lot of documentaries through the years, and I really enjoy taking pictures and bringing history to life. To do this, we're going to use photos along with Photoshop and After Effects to layer those photos, split them into 3D space, and then move the camera through virtually.

There are a lot of cool techniques, and this is definitely an advanced course that builds upon a lot of other skills. However, you're going to be able to jump in as long as you've got a base understanding of Photoshop and After Effects and really get some powerful results. We've got some real-world projects to show you, as well as some techniques that are going to be built upon different types of photos, so there is lot to explore. Let's begin.

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