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Motion Graphics for Video Editors: Creating Backgrounds

with Richard Harrington

Video: Welcome

Create backgrounds for video projects using Photoshop and After Effects.
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  1. 3m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 22s
    2. What you should know before watching the course
      1m 7s
    3. How to use the exercise files
  2. 16m 22s
    1. The role of backgrounds
      2m 15s
    2. What makes a good background?
      4m 42s
    3. Achieving proper contrast
      3m 16s
    4. Unifying the color palette
      3m 26s
    5. When to defocus
      2m 43s
  3. 10m 51s
    1. Exporting sources from Premiere Pro
      3m 42s
    2. Exporting sources from Final Cut Pro X
      2m 59s
    3. Useful websites for source elements
      4m 10s
  4. 17m 34s
    1. The Photoshop Gradient Editor
      5m 11s
    2. Using Gradient Maps in Photoshop
      3m 42s
    3. Using the Colorama effect in After Effects
      5m 42s
    4. Using the Tritone effect in After Effects
      2m 59s
  5. 37m 46s
    1. Defocusing a background
      3m 3s
    2. Creating a screened area
      4m 5s
    3. Simplified duotone backgrounds
      5m 12s
    4. Filtering a background
      5m 15s
    5. More filtering tips
      4m 33s
    6. Blending techniques for backgrounds
      6m 18s
    7. Using patterned tiles
      2m 50s
    8. Using actions
      6m 30s
  6. 34m 54s
    1. Choosing footage for backgrounds
      4m 30s
    2. Shooting background plates
      1m 58s
    3. Stacking footage
      4m 3s
    4. Blending footage
      5m 14s
    5. Looping the background
      8m 6s
    6. An alternative workflow with still images and keyframes: Part one
      4m 49s
    7. An alternative workflow with still images and keyframes: Part two
      6m 14s
  7. 30m 34s
    1. Using the 4-Color Gradient effect
      3m 35s
    2. Using the Cell Pattern effect
      4m 37s
    3. Using the Radio Waves effect
      6m 57s
    4. Using the Fractal Noise effect
      4m 20s
    5. Using offset techniques
      4m 3s
    6. Animating shape layers
      7m 2s
  8. 1m 3s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 3s

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Motion Graphics for Video Editors: Creating Backgrounds
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Nearly every video project needs a background, whether it's an elaborate background for a chroma key set or simply a lower third. This course shows you how to create your own still and motion backgrounds using a few simple ingredients: the files that come with the course and from other sources on the web, and the built-in tools in Photoshop and After Effects. No special assets or plugins required! Rich Harrington introduces practical and easy-to-implement techniques that are suitable for video editors of all levels, and can be used to quickly add texture and style to your next project.

Topics include:
  • The role of backgrounds in video
  • Achieving proper color and contrast
  • Gathering source material
  • Working with gradients
  • Filtering and blending backgrounds
  • Using patterned tiles
  • Shooting background plates
  • Stacking and blending footage
  • Designing backgrounds with the effects in After Effects
After Effects Premiere Pro


>> Hi, my names Rich Herrington, and welcome to this course about motion graphics for video editors. I'm a video editor myself, and through the years I've often had a need for graphics in my project, so today, I want to focus on techniques that are both easy to use and don't take a lot of source materials to pull off. No third party plug ins, no big fancy things to buy, just simple ingredients that you can easily download, using some of the files we provide to you in fact for other websites I'm going to point out, as well as built-in filters that come with tools, like Photoshop and After Effects, so you can get the job done.

Backgrounds are essential because every project essentially needs a background. Whether it's going to be something for a Chroma key set or to put a lower third graphic with a title on the screen, full screen graphics, title sequences, there are so many times when backgrounds come in. Truly, they're the foundation for every motion graphics project. So, I'm going to share with you several strategies, things that get the job done with not a lot of work, because I realize you're likely on a tight deadline, and this course is suitable for users of all levels. So, even if you're just getting started in Photoshop or After Effects, you'll find things that you can use, and even if you are well experienced, there's a lot of great shortcuts as well as just some years of creativity.

Some of my favorite things I've discovered while working with these apps. With that in mind, let's get started

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