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This course pulls together the skills you've been learning in the previous After Effects Apprentice installments to create a real-world video promo. Trish leads you through building the artwork and components used in the final piece, and then Chris shows how to assemble these precompositions into a 3D world, timed to music. Along the way, Trish and Chris also share their thoughts as they design a video project, including unifying the overall look and handling change requests from clients.
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So now we have our skater movie with the grid effect and the block dissolve. In this movie we'll deploy the cartoon effect to the movie and also look at how the CC Composite effect works. Just so you can see the movie a little clearer, I can either turn off the top two layers, or I can solo the skater layer. And I'll select a Skater movie and apply Effect > Stylize > Cartoon. I am going to use the default settings, go ahead and play with the parameters and get the look that you'd like.
Once you've a look that you are happy with, the next step is to apply another effect, and that's Effects > Channel > CC Composite. What CC composite does is allow you to composite the original movie on top of the effected movie using various blending modes. The default setting is not what we are looking for. What it's doing is compositing the original image on top of the Cartoon Effect using 100% opacity. Of course, you can use the Opacity parameter to blend between the cartoon image and the original image.
But you also have all these blending modes to choose from. Feel free to apply any of these blending modes, but I am going to use Color Dodge. What Color Dodge does is brighten up all the midtones, but it also keeps the dark lines that the Cartoon Effect created. Of course, depending on how to you set up cartoon, you may want to pick a different blending mode, or maybe you don't even need CC Composite at all. If the effect is little bright, you can use the Opacity value to mix between the cartoon effect and the original on top with Color Dodge.
Don't forget to disable the solo switch, so you can see the grid and block dissolve again. In the next movie, I'll show you how we duplicated this Pre-Comp and then created the other versions for the Glider and the Windsurfer.
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