Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Stabilizing the foreground, part of After Effects: Extended Vignette Techniques.
We're going to wrap up by fixing some common problems you may encounter while…using these basic techniques.…Again, if you have access to the Project Files, open up Chapter 3, then Vignettes_3.…I am going to open up the Starter Project.…I have got a fun butterfly sitting on a stem and I am going to place it over…this pointillistic background.…I am going to go ahead and use the Mask technique to go ahead and create some…transparency, and I'll use the Pen tool for something different.…And I will use RotoB?zier whenever I am doing a loose mask, because that way…After Effects will fill in the curve shapes for me in between where I click.…
There, there. Just go ahead and loosely finish this out, and I think I am just…going to include part of the stem like that, and close my path.…There is my butterfly, loosely masked. I will press F to reveal just the Feather…parameter, soften up that mask shape and then to reveal all the mask parameters,…expand the mask a little bit or contract it,…whatever looks good. I think that looks pretty good, and I have got my composite.…
Vignetting is a classic photography technique involving darkening areas of an image in order to focus the viewer’s attention on a desired point of interest. In After Effects: Extended Vignette Techniques, Chris Meyer shows how vignettes can also be leveraged in video. Multiple applications are demonstrated, including framing a subject better, fixing a poorly composed shot, giving a vintage feel, creating "quiet areas" to overlay text and other graphics, and blending an image over a new background. Vignettes can be created using masking, shape layers, and gradients. This course also includes advanced techniques unique to After Effects, using the CC Circle effect and 3D lights, and employing motion stabilization to center the desired action within the vignette. Exercise files accompany the course.
- Vignetting with feathered masks, gradients, or paint
- Blending layers with masks and paint
- Lighting in 3D
- Using motion stabilization
- Using blending modes and adjustment layers