Join Lee Lanier for an in-depth discussion in this video Animating the beam, part of VFX Techniques: Creating a Laser Battle.
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- We've created our first laser beam,…so now we're ready to integrate that into the plate.…Let's give that a try.…I'll go back to shot one assemble, which is still open.…Now before I bring the beam in here,…I think I do want to do some color grading.…The exposures a bit washed out from the original shoot.…So to do that I'm going to apply another curves effect.…Effect, now I have to make sure…the layers selected, there we go.…Effect, color correction, curves.…Two points in here, another S curve,…although this time, I want to life the top up…so the highlights are even brighter.…
Then pull the lower one down…so the blacks are still blacker.…Some more of a peak up here to maintain, for example,…the face and so on.…Okay, that's ready.…Now, I can go ahead and bring the beam in.…So, shot one blue tube, I'll pull that down on top,…and there's the beam.…Now, one problem we have here is the fact that…the beam is visible almost the entire time.…Where as in reality the shot should be fairly short.…Let's play back the timelines…
- Running particle simulations to create beams and sparks
- Altering the beams with distortion, blur, and color effects
- Creating interactive lighting through masking and color grading
- Creating set damage by rotoscoping and integrating matte paintings
- Animating post camera moves
- Matching effects through multiple shots
Skill Level Intermediate
VFX Techniques: Creating Particle Effectswith Lee Lanier2h 50m Intermediate
After Effects CC Essential Trainingwith Ian Robinson14h 52m Appropriate for all
1. Getting Started
2. Running Particle Simulations
3. Assembling a Gun Blast
4. Adding Set Damage
5. Adding a Third Blast
6. Wrapping Up
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