The After Effects Apprentice series was created by Trish and Chris Meyer. These tutorials are designed for After Effects CS4 through CC, and can be used on their own or as a companion to the Meyer's book, After Effects Apprentice.
- Creating, erasing, and animating brush and clone strokes
- Using Paint to reveal a layer over time
- Creating animated distortions to flat artwork with the Puppet tools
- Replacing backgrounds with the Roto Brush
Skill Level Intermediate
- Hi, I'm Chris Meyer of Chrish Design, and, in this After Effects Apprentice lesson, we want to cover three sets of advanced tools: Paint, Roto Brush, and Puppet. In the first portion of this lesson, Trish will demonstrate After Effects Paint tools. She'll show you how to use the Brush tool, including its options for duration, channels, and modes; the Eraser tool, which also has its own channels and modes to reveal layers; and the Clone Stamp tool, which makes it possible to repair problems with or add objects to existing layers.
I'll then demonstrate the Roto Brush tool, which helps automate the process of cutting out a foreground object from the background. I'll start with a simple, instant gratification exercise just so you can get familiar with the tool. Then I'll walk you through a much more difficult shot, showing you the essential workflow of identifying and defining a base frame, setting the propagation parameters, making corrective strokes over time, and refining the final matte, so it blends in nicely over your background. Then we'll end by having some fun and playing with the Puppet tool. I'll show you how to warp and bend flat, still image artwork, how to manage overlapping areas, how to control the amount of warp applied to specific areas of an image, and how to deal with images that have complex Alpha channels with multiple shapes.
When you master these three tools, you're definitely going beyond the basic After Effects user and becoming a real power user. These tools have uses both for creative purposes and for visual effects work, so, if you're ready, let's dive in and learn some new tools in After Effects.