Join Lee Lanier for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating light reflections, part of VFX Techniques: Creating a Laser Battle.
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- We have our first laser beam…integrated into the shot.…Let's play it back and see what it looks like.…There we go.…It's starting to work.…Now one thing that's missing…is some sense of interactive lighting…or some sort type of laser beam…or energy weapon, you'd think…there would be blue spill…on parts of the set.…Now we can do that right here in the composition.…Before I do that though, let's take a look…at my final mask animation.…I'll turn the mask back on…and scroll through it so you can see it.…There's the first fire and the second fire of the gun.…
Also there's a little bit…of positional animation on that layer.…That's optional, that just helps me keep the laser…centered on the end of the gun.…Alright, now in terms of creating spill,…one trick is to utilize the layer that's already there.…For example, I can make a copy…of Shotonebluetube and then manipulate that.…Let's give that a try.…I'll select that and go to edit, duplicate…and make a copy.…I'm going to adjust the center copy here.…Before I do that though, I'm going…
- 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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