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Motion Control 3D: Bringing Your Photos to Life in Three Dimensions
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Motion Control 3D: Bringing Your Photos to Life in Three Dimensions

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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.

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Motion Control 3D: Bringing Your Photos to Life in Three Dimensions
1h 30m Intermediate Oct 04, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Understanding parallax
  • Choosing the best photos
  • Identifying planes
  • Using Quick Selection, Quick Mask, and Refine Edge to create layers
  • Adding a 3D camera to your scene
  • Setting the depth and size of your composition
  • Using multiple views
  • Adding depth of field and Bokeh blur
  • Setting ambient and directional light
Subjects:
Video Motion Graphics
Software:
After Effects Photoshop
Author:
Richard Harrington

The technique explained

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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