Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Displacement with FreeForm, part of After Effects CS5 New Creative Techniques.
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In this movie I'll show you how to use Digieffect's FreeForm as a…3D displacement map.…You can actually extrude layers in 3D using FreeForm.…This is one my favorite applications of this effect.…Now as before the layer you are treating needs to be a 2D layer, 3D Layer switch…turned off, because the effect FreeForm is going to be what adds the actual…3Dness, the perspective distortion.…When you are doing displacement mapping, it's just like any other compound effect.…You need to use a second layer to provide your displacement map, and just like…with any other compound effect, you need to do some work on this layer ahead of time.…
It needs to be the same size as the layer you are going to be displacing,…the FreeForm layer.…Your text or any other object already needs to be in place, and any other…animation effects must have been done in a comp prior to this comp.…That's why I've set this up in a separate pre-comp were I've given it its…position, added a Fast Blur effect.…Very sharp edge don't work well for extrusion or for compound blur or for any…
Chris and Trish Meyer have been using After Effects since version 1.0 and have written ten books about the program, and they are always among the first to dive into each new version and discover what it offers to their fellow motion graphics artists. Chris takes you under the hood and explains how each new feature works in After Effects CS5. This course covers both the technical and creative implications of this latest release, including tutorials on the new Roto Brush tool and mocha version 2, blending modes, text options, and new and improved user interface elements in Adobe After Effects CS5. Numerous examples show the most efficient ways to use the new features and avoid potential pitfalls when applying techniques. Chris ends with a discussion of which users will get them most out of upgrading to After Effects CS5.
- Reviewing After Effects' 64-bit system requirements
- Mastering the new Roto Brush tool plus Refine Matte
- Warping with FreeForm
- Motion tracking with mocha version 2
- Matting with mocha shape, including adding motion blur
- Extruding in 3D with Repoussé
- Importing RED footage
- Using Color Finesse and updated blending modes