Join David Mattingly for an in-depth discussion in this video Preparing the file for After Effects, part of Digital Matte Painting: Changing a Scene From Summer to Winter.
With our digital matte painting finished, we're ready to take the finish into…After Effects and create an animation.…However, you don't want to bring this multilayered work file into After…Effects. All these layers will make the project larger that needs to be and…harder to deal with.…First, make sure you've saved this work file with all of the layers before…you start this process.…We will reduce the number of layers for After Effects,…but you may want to return to the many-layered version to make corrections.…So go up to the top menu and save your project. Then save it again under a new name.…
I'm going to name it the same as the original plate ~MountainChalet_671035, and…add "ForAE," or For After Effects, at the end. Then save it as a layered Photoshop file.…Now you need to reduce the number of layers in this new file.…What I need for After Effects is the landscape separate, the sky separate,…and the Multiply and Overlay layer is separate so I can fade them on.…
Also, I'll want the smoke and the illuminated windows on separate layers.…
- Making precise selections using the Color Range command
- Controlling reference material through layer masks
- Creating custom brushes
- Painting snow, icicles, and trees
- Painting through a high-contrast matte
- Replacing the sky in an image
- Animating smoke and falling snow
- Reformatting and rendering a scene in After Effects
Skill Level Intermediate
Photoshop CS5: Landscape Photographywith Ben Long6h 42m Intermediate
Photoshop CS5: Painting with the Mixer Brushwith John Derry2h 26m Intermediate
Photoshop CS6 Essential Trainingwith Julieanne Kost10h 30m Beginner
After Effects CS6 Essential Trainingwith Ian Robinson8h 41m Beginner
1. Revising the Plate
2. Painting Over the Plate
3. Replacing the Sky
Extracting clouds5m 15s
4. Creating a Dusk Version of the Scene
5. Animating Your Scene in After Effects
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