Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Filtering a background, part of Motion Graphics for Video Editors: Creating Backgrounds.
…Feeling a bit in a creative slump?…Photoshop offers a lot of filters that you can throw at things.…And while normally, I'm not a big fan of throw it at the wall and…see what sticks, sometimes it's a technique that actually works.…What I like to do is start with the background layer.…I'll duplicate it so I can go back to it if necessary, or have a sanity check.…Now, with a right-click I could convert that to a smart object.…Which means that any filters will be applied non-destructively.…
One of my favorite techniques I use a lot is Gaussian Blur.…Gaussian is just a fancy word for…natural, and as you dial that amount in you'll see it becomes a blurred copy.…But rather than leave that just blurred, I tend to click the blending arrows here.…With a double-click, you can access modes.…And now you can mix them.…In this case, the Multiply mode is quite nice.…It darkened down the contrast in the image, making it easier for a background.…
Remember, using the eye dropper tool and the grayscale sliders, make it easy for…
- 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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