Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video The Roto Brush workflow, part of After Effects Apprentice 13: Paint, Roto, and Puppet.
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Now again, I want to be completely honest with you.…That previous Roto Brush example was deceptively simple.…Very, very few shots will ever work out that well with that a small amount of work.…The problem is many After Effects users who want to use Roto Brush don't bother learning …the correct way to use it, expect they can do that small amount of work,…and expect those good results.…Well, they're sorely disappointed and they walk away convinced Roto Brush …doesn't work.…The reality is, Roto Brush does require a lot of work on your part and it works…much better if you follow a very specific workflow.…
And that's what we're going to be covering in the next several movies.…The steps that workflow include:…identifying the foreground that you wish to separate from the background,…choosing a representative Base Frame with a maximum amount of foreground…information visible, defining the Base Frame using a collection of foreground…and background Roto Brush strokes, moving a few frames away from that base …
The After Effects Apprentice videos on lynda.com were created by Trish and Chris Meyer and are designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice. We are honored to host these tutorials in the lynda.com library.
- Creating, erasing, and animating brush and clone strokes
- Using Paint to reveal a layer over time
- Creating animated distortions to flat artwork with the Puppet tools
- Replacing backgrounds with the Roto Brush