Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Defocusing a background, part of Motion Graphics for Video Editors: Creating Backgrounds.
…Now that you understand some of the core concepts of selecting source materials,…working with background design and overall composition, as well as gradients,…let's put some of those techniques in action to create some backgrounds.…Here we go, a nice simple background with a before and after.…As a starting position, and then after.…Now personally I'm a big fan of working with smart objects.…If you right click on a layer in Photoshop you can convert it to a smart object.…Now it's quite simple to run filters non-destructively.…
I can take advantage here of a Gaussian blur for a simple overall blur, and…dial in the exact amount I'd like to work with.…If you want that blur to be variable, you could dial in an initial amount and…then on top of it, run additional filters.…So in this case, I will toss on a secondary blur using the iris blur.…This allows me to pull out the radius here to set that and…dial in a heavier blur at the outside edges.…
And then you simply move these transition points to…create the transition between what's blurred, and not blurred.…
- The role of backgrounds in video
- Achieving proper color and contrast
- Gathering source material
- Working with gradients
- Filtering and blending backgrounds
- Using patterned tiles
- Shooting background plates
- Stacking and blending footage
- Designing backgrounds with the effects in After Effects
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1. Background Essentials
2. Gathering Source Materials for Backgrounds
3. Working with Gradients
4. Designing Backgrounds with Photo Sources
5. Designing Backgrounds with Video Sources
6. Designing Backgrounds with After Effects
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