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What exactly is Motion Control 3D? Well, it's a collection of techniques that are all interrelated and have a common goal in mind, and that is to step inside a photo and bring it alive in three dimensions. So, the process is fairly linear to begin with. You're going to select images that have adequate resolution as well as a sense of perspective or action that you're going to bring to life. You'll bring those images into Photoshop and clean them up. Now we're not to going to explore these cleanup techniques too much here, but we do have several classes available on lynda.com that explore photo restoration techniques.
Once you've done that, you will start to make accurate selections, mask layers and split the photo up into multiple pieces. You are really going to need at least two layers, but preferably three or four. This will create a sense of parallax as you expand the layers in 3D space. You'll bring this on into After Effects, and once there, utilize 3D position to move the layers across the Z axis. Once you've done this, a camera can be added and then moved to the scene. Most of the animation is caused by the camera movement itself, and because the layers are spread at different distances, the parallax effect works well to create a sense of perspective and depth.
Once you've done that, you can go ahead and enhance the animation using things like lights or particles, shallow focus, Depth of Field. There are lots of cool things that you can do to really make it feel more cinematic. When done, you render and integrate into your final project. So, we're going to explore all these techniques through the subsequent lessons, and I invite you to join us now as we jump in.
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