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Delve into the world of motion graphics, keying, and compositing in After Effects CC. In this course, Ian Robinson lays out six foundations for becoming proficient with After Effects, including concepts such as layers, keyframe animation, and working with 3D. To help you get up and running with the program, the course begins with a project-based chapter on creating an animated graphic bumper. Next, explore the role layers play in compositions and find out how to add style to your projects using effects and graphic elements. Last, see how to build 3D objects with CINEMA 4D Lite, as well as stabilize footage, solve for 3D cameras, and paint in graphics with the Reverse Stabilization feature.
A lot of times when you layer effects, you're just trying to create a specific look for an idea that you have in your head, or maybe you're just trying to spur your creative juices so you can come up with something different. It's important to understand as you're layering effects, the order in which you apply effects has. A great impact on the final project. To show you what I mean in this project we're going to layer some effects to create kind of a stylized glow edge look to sort of give this runner a little bit more pop. So to get started lets select layer one in our timeline and then go up under the Effects tab.
Now when you're looking at effects, it's important to understand they're divided up into different groups, and each one of these groups have specific functions. For example, blur obviously creates different kinds of blur. Color correction is a good place to go if you want to change the color. Matte is great for compositing. Like if you're doing green screen keying and things like that. Now since I want to create a style I'm going to jump down to the Stylize group. Under Stylize let's go ahead and choose Find Edges. When we apply that effect notice it automatically pops up the Effects Control panel.
Now with this effect set up, I'm looking at the scene realizing I don't want to make it so white, I'd like it to have black as the primary background. So let's see what happens if we select the invert checkbox. Now this is definitely starting to look a little bit more like what I was hoping for. The fact that the edges of the lines are all different colors is kind of bothering me. So I'm going to layer another effect on here and I want to deal with the colors. So I'm going to go up under effects and go to color correction. And this time I want to make those colors black and white.
So I'll go ahead and apply black and white and now we have kind of light outlines for our runner. This looks great. If I want to go ahead and make a adjustment to how these different elements look I can start scrubbing through the different parameters of both of the effects. So I'm going to click and drag on blend with original and you'll notice that just controls the intensity of my fine edges effect. Now with the black and white effect, as you scrub on the different channels, understand it's going to adjust the luminance of each of the different types of colors that it's changing to black and white. So if we click and drag red back to -67, notice we're bringing down the highlights in the runner here.
So I'm going to go ahead and drag that down to the left. Yellows we could go ahead and drag up to pop or down, you get the general idea. You can tweak this to get the stylized look that you're looking for. So far this looks relatively okay, but I want to start trying to blend it back into the scene. In order to do that, I'll go ahead and select layer 1 and press Cmd+D to indicate the layer. Now a quick way of turning off the effects, if you have them applied to a different layer, is to select the layer that you'd like to remove the effects from and then go up under the effect pull down menu and choose remove all.
Nothing's happened yet. And that's just because I haven't started blending layer one back into layer two. So I'm going to click the toggle switches modes button and change the mode from normal to soft light. This is going to knock out a fair amount of the black pixels, but it's going to allow me to see the glow and highlights. Now in order to intensify the glow. I want to make sure that I have layer 1 selected, and then we can go back up under effect, and close under stylize. But just in case you don't remember where an effect is, which kind of happens to me quite a bit, you can go over the effects and Preset panel. So I'm going to go ahead and click in here and I'll start typing the word glow and notice there it is.
Stylize and its a 32 bit effect. So this is kind of cool. I'm going to click and drag on the effect and just drag it right on to layer one. When I let go now I'm getting a nice pop along the edges of my runner. So if I scrub through my project here you can see I've created this kind of glowy stylized edge look for our runner. And we did this applying multiple effects. Just to kind of drive home the point of how applying the effects works, let's add one more effect. With layer one selected, let's go up under Effect and choose Generate. And this time, I want to generate a lens flair. With the lens flair set up.
I know this is kind of cheesy, but this is going to illustrate my point. Let's go ahead and click on this control handle for the lens flair. And move it up to the left. Just so it's not quite so dominant in the scene. If we start collapsing the different effects in our Effects Control panel by clicking the little triangles next to each one of the effects we can more clearly see the order in which the effects are applied. So lets change the order. For example if I move the lens flare up above black and white now the lens flare is black and white Now let's see what happens when we drag lens flare up above black and white. Notice it's taken all of the color out of the lens flare itself. If I took find edges and dragged it towards the bottom of the layer hierarchy, notice now it's finding the edges of the lens flare, even after the glow. So let's change the glow and move it down below five edges. Now we've got a glow on our edges and our lens flare, but everything is still kind of black and white.
If I turn off black and white, we can get the colours of the edges back into the scene. I could continue clicking through all these different options and keep illustrating exactly what it does but I think you get the point. As you change the order of effects you definitely going to create vastly different looks based on how those effects are applied. They work very much like layers. You want to look in the effects control panel and just see how they're applied and work from the top, down.
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