Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding a 2D background, part of After Effects Apprentice: 15 Creating a Sports Opening Title.
I like how my 3D world looks, but frankly, my world is looking a bit empty,…particularly here at the very start of the composition, because there is a lot…of black space and very little going on.…I could try to create a very large background in 3D that pans along with the…camera, but frankly that will take quite a large layer, and it might take a…little while to render.…Another trick many people use is they'll just go ahead and put 2D backgrounds…behind their 3D worlds.…If it's fairly indistinct and don't have a lot of recognizable objects or a lot…of perspective, you can get away with it.…
So in this case, I am going to go back to my Project panel, and since I already…have the sound of thunder in my sound track, I went ahead and found some more…lightning for my background.…I have this horizontal lightning movie that I've also picked up.…I'll go up to 100%, play through so you can see what it looks like.…And that's a lot of fun. Very active lighting.…Nice wide horizontal look to it. Might work well in a widescreen composition.…
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.
- Building a 3D world
- Working with layered Illustrator files
- Synchronizing to music
- Using text animation presets
- Rendering strategies
- Working with widescreen video, including 4:3 center cut and safe area considerations
Skill Level Intermediate
1. The Floor
2. The Video Wall
3. The Dial
4. Creating the Main Composition
5. The Camera Move
6. Creating a Title
7. Lighting and Shadows
8. Further Polish
9. Finishing the Comps
10. Client Changes
11. Render Strategies
12. Bonus: Creating the Ring inside After Effects
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