Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video How to use the exercise files, part of Motion Graphics for Video Editors: Creating Backgrounds.
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- Exercise Files
In order to bring the experience to life, I've put together a collection of source material. You'll find some starter projects. As well as clips like looping backgrounds and texture elements, that you can use to create your own backgrounds. These are from my personal collection. But in this case, I've made sure that you actually do have the rights to use these projects. Feel free to build and expand upon the source materials I give you. And use them as a toolbox to make your own motion graphic backgrounds. Plus, if you like to explore more techniques on gathering some of these elements.
I do have a class available here on Lynda.com, all about shooting background plates. We'll talk more about that process later. But you can check that course out, for some hands-on production techniques. So, feel free to use the downloadable source files to create your own motion graphics toolbox. Or, if you don't have access to the lesson files, just grab some texture layers from some of the websites we identify. Or, perhaps some things from your own personal collection.
- 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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