Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a reflection, part of After Effects Apprentice 15: Creating a Sports Opening Title.
To help visually sell that this is a 3D world, it would be nice if I could see a…reflection of this panel on our floor.…If I switch to some of the alternate views like Custom View 1, you can see that…it's just not visible as if the floors aren't reflecting at all.…Every version of After Effects up through CS5.5 unfortunately does not natively…support reflections.…There are a few different plug-ins available that allow you to fake reflections…or you can manually build a reflection.…Let me show you how to do that.…First off, you need to take your Skater layer and duplicate it to create your reflection.…
Next, you need to rotate this reflection copy down into place.…I will press R, rotation, and Scrub its X Rotation, or orientation, to put it down…at plus or minus 180 degrees, so it can act as a reflection. Type in 180.…Again, this is where placing your anchor point at the very bottom of the layer…made life a lot easier.…When I scrub through X Rotation value, it rotated right around this hinge at the…
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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