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Generating a background

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Video: Generating a background

If you've been following me through this course, you may recognize this background. And truth be told, it was created with the power of generators. Now I did use a generator as the base layer, but I did also layer in a bunch of filters. So just so this specific video doesn't turn into a tutorial on filters, we're just going to create the basic steps to get started with this background. I have made sure to include a finished version of the project, if you would like to go check it and sort of reverse engineer it on your own.

Generating a background

If you've been following me through this course, you may recognize this background. And truth be told, it was created with the power of generators. Now I did use a generator as the base layer, but I did also layer in a bunch of filters. So just so this specific video doesn't turn into a tutorial on filters, we're just going to create the basic steps to get started with this background. I have made sure to include a finished version of the project, if you would like to go check it and sort of reverse engineer it on your own.

But for right now, let's get started creating a background. Press F5 to open the Project pane and we can delete the MovieTitleBackground QuickTime I use to show you earlier. Just press Minus in the Layers tab with that layer selected. You also notice we've a text layer. Later on, we're going to use this with an object mask to kind of cut out the background. Let's turn that off for now and go to the Library and check out Generators. Now the generator I use for this effect is called Cellular. To apply it, just click the Apply button in the top of your Utility pane.

With that generator applied, just press Play, and you will notice it looks much like little marching ants, not exactly what that background looked like, but with a little help we can definitely get there. Let's stop playback for a second and open the Inspector. Under the Generator tab, you notice we've some controls for Width and Height. Now since we're going to use the text to mask this off, we can leave those alone. Let's change the overall size of this effect. Drag the Size slider up to around 50.

And since we want this to playback a little slower, let's drag the Speed closer down towards 19. Now press Play and let's check it out. Here we go. Little bit more organic. A little closer to what we've done, but not quite. Let's gets started by softening things up with a glow. Go up to Add Filter > Glow and choose Glow. With that selected, you'll notice if we crank up the Radius, nothing really happens. That's because the Threshold is set a little too high. So drag the Threshold down to around 50% and let's crank up the Opacity a little bit to 1.72.

All right, that's looking a little better, but I don't like how gray this is. So let's add in the contrast. Go to Add Filter > Color Correction and choose Contrast. In the Contrast settings, let's crank this way up to a little over 3. And so we can recover some of the data we lost. Let's bring the Pivot point back down. That will reintroduce some of that detail that we've lost. Now we're almost there. All we need to do is soften this back up again. So let's go back up to Add Filter > Blur and choose Soft Focus.

Now that Soft Focus is applied, let's crank that up to around 21 and adjust the Strength up to 0.85 and its pretty close. But for right now, let's stop and apply the mask and see how things look. Select the Cellular generator, go up to Object and choose Add Image Mask and click and drag the text into the Image Mask dropwell. Now that's turned to look a lot more like the example. All we need to do is actually blur out the text.

So select the text layer, go to Add Filter > Blur and Channel Blur. Now even though there's no RGB data, I just like unchecking these things because really the only thing we need to blur is the Alpha Channel. So let's go ahead and crank that up there a little bit, not too much because we still want that interesting spacing. And that's it for now. I hope this has inspired some level of creativity to use Generators to create some interesting motion graphics.

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Motion 4 Essential Training

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  1. 6m 52s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Important definitions
      3m 5s
    3. What's new in Motion 4
      1m 51s
    4. Using the exercise files
      56s
  2. 45m 38s
    1. Launching Motion for the first time
      2m 20s
    2. Understanding the Motion interface
      4m 43s
    3. Understanding the Utility window
      5m 50s
    4. Understanding the toolbar
      1m 57s
    5. Navigating the Canvas
      4m 37s
    6. Working with layers and layer groups
      4m 52s
    7. Using the Project pane
      2m 42s
    8. Transforming objects
      3m 41s
    9. Controlling the Timeline
      4m 27s
    10. Using the HUD
      1m 27s
    11. Essential preferences
      2m 37s
    12. Customizing the keyboard
      4m 14s
    13. Getting smooth playback with RAM preview
      2m 11s
  3. 28m 52s
    1. Adding assets to Motion
      3m 12s
    2. Adding QuickTime movies to Motion
      3m 30s
    3. Adding still images to Motion
      3m 23s
    4. Adding image sequences
      3m 23s
    5. Adding layered Photoshop files
      2m 40s
    6. Adding Illustrator files
      2m 12s
    7. Using the Library
      3m 14s
    8. Understanding and using blend modes
      5m 39s
    9. Adding text
      1m 39s
  4. 13m 19s
    1. Creating and adjusting shapes
      7m 41s
    2. Creating simple masks
      2m 36s
    3. Creating masks with objects
      3m 2s
  5. 42m 24s
    1. Adding and adjusting behaviors
      5m 49s
    2. Adding parameter behaviors
      4m 2s
    3. Applying behaviors to layers and groups
      5m 16s
    4. Adding multiple behaviors
      7m 39s
    5. Exploring the power of the Link behavior
      5m 2s
    6. Trimming and sliding behaviors
      5m 18s
    7. Saving custom behaviors to animate stills
      4m 24s
    8. Using shape behaviors
      4m 54s
  6. 25m 3s
    1. Adding keyframes manually
      6m 10s
    2. Using the Record button
      6m 38s
    3. Manipulating keyframes with the Keyframe Editor
      6m 59s
    4. Combining keyframes and behaviors
      3m 33s
    5. Working with recording options
      1m 43s
  7. 26m 38s
    1. Adding and formatting text
      5m 35s
    2. Using text styles
      4m 33s
    3. Formatting text with the Adjust Glyph tool
      4m 8s
    4. Animating text with the Adjust Glyph tool
      4m 23s
    5. Creating text on a path
      3m 35s
    6. Using text behaviors
      4m 24s
  8. 22m 4s
    1. Stabilizing shaky footage
      4m 7s
    2. Match moving: Transform
      3m 56s
    3. Match moving: Four-corner pin
      4m 44s
    4. Retiming video in the Inspector
      5m 49s
    5. Using retiming behaviors
      3m 28s
  9. 11m 41s
    1. Applying and adjusting filters
      2m 46s
    2. Applying multiple filters
      8m 55s
  10. 8m 13s
    1. Pulling a luma key
      2m 42s
    2. Pulling a chroma key with Primatte RT
      5m 31s
  11. 11m 29s
    1. Applying and adjusting generators
      3m 25s
    2. Using the text generator
      4m 15s
    3. Generating a background
      3m 49s
  12. 19m 9s
    1. Creating basic particle systems
      10m 58s
    2. Using particle presets
      1m 51s
    3. Creating an advanced particle system
      6m 20s
  13. 13m 25s
    1. Replicating objects
      4m 52s
    2. Animating a replicator
      4m 53s
    3. Replicating a video file
      3m 40s
  14. 49m 46s
    1. Working in 3D space
      5m 11s
    2. Working with cameras
      8m 6s
    3. Viewing a 3D scene in different layouts
      2m 56s
    4. Creating depth with lights and shadows
      8m 22s
    5. Simulating depth of field
      3m 54s
    6. Using camera behaviors
      4m 7s
    7. Animating cameras with camera framing
      6m 8s
    8. Create interest with the Focus behavior
      1m 52s
    9. Using reflections and highlights
      5m 13s
    10. Creating particles in 3D
      3m 57s
  15. 20m 31s
    1. Using the Paint tool
      6m 1s
    2. Using advanced paint tools
      8m 9s
    3. Applying paint presets
      1m 51s
    4. Sequencing paint with the Stroke behavior
      4m 30s
  16. 9m 3s
    1. Adding and adjusting audio
      4m 37s
    2. Animating to music with the Audio Parameter behavior
      4m 26s
  17. 11m 52s
    1. Sharing files
      3m 36s
    2. Exporting files
      3m 15s
    3. Creating an export preset
      3m 0s
    4. Archiving your project
      2m 1s
  18. 15m 30s
    1. Round-tripping between Final Cut Pro and Motion
      4m 24s
    2. Sending your project to Compressor
      1m 59s
    3. Creating drop zones
      3m 0s
    4. Creating templates for Motion and Final Cut
      5m 2s
    5. Importing Motion projects into DVD Studio Pro
      1m 5s
  19. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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