Join Lee Lanier for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a new blast, part of VFX Techniques: Creating a Laser Battle.
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- Ok so now we're ready to start working…on the second laser blast.…Now I did spend some time fixing the tip of the gun.…Let me show you my mask.…Here's the gun fix layer here.…Scroll through, you can see when the gun is out of frame,…I leave the mask out of frame.…It's elongated as there's motion blur,…becomes a circle, goes back out.…Here are the key frames on the second curves effect,…which makes the spot there on the tip of the gun a little…bit brighter or darker over time to match the plate.…
And here are the keys on the mask, it took that many.…Ok, that's finished, let's figure out…how to make that second blast.…Now, I don't want to make this another blue tube,…different gun, so I'd rather make it have a unique look.…So instead of using particles, I'm going…to use the liquefy effect.…Liquefy allows you to interact with the distort layer,…as if you're pushing pixels around.…So what I'll do is create a copy of the plate,…tint it, and then push pixels to make it look like…there's a heat distortion, as if the beam is searing…
- 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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