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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.
Let's take a quick look at some of the most essential techniques you'll use inside Adobe Photoshop in order to produce layered files for animation. This particular image is about ready to go, but I'm going to do a little bit of cleanup to remove some of the problems. Let's start by going ahead and making a basic selection. I'm going to split this into three major pieces, our subjects upfront, the tent, and then the background layer. I'll start with the Quick Selection tool.
This allows me to click on the image and start to detect edges, and it's much better than the Magic Wand. I'll go through and attempt to find most of the subject here. I can click and drag or just single click to pick up an area. Now this particular image lacks some contrast in the difference there with the sky, so it's not going to be perfect. With smaller clicks I could pick up smaller areas. There we go.
You see by a little bit of Alt-clicking or Option-clicking there you could subtract things you don't need, and you essentially just click to build the ultimate selection. Now this tool is doing really well considering there is not that much color or contrast difference between our subjects, and that's made a decent first selection. The Quick Selection tool works very well to go through and build a fast selection without a lot of effort.
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