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- 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
If you're a Premium member of the lynda.com online training library, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this tutorial. All of the files are contained in the Exercise Files folder, and I recommend that you copy that to your desktop for easy access. The files are organized into three basic categories: Plate, which contains the raw plate I'll be using for the demonstration-- the Plate folder also contains the final version of the painting called Mountain_Chalet.psd they you can refer to at any point in this tutorial; the second folder is Reference, which contains all of the photographic materials used in this project; and AfterEffects, which has the finished painting ready to be used in the animation.
This project was done in After Effects 5. Projects created in a newer version of After Effects cannot be opened in an older version, so you'll have to have After Effects 5 or later to use this file. There is also a copy of the final render to compare your own work to, once you've finished the lessons. Even if you're not a Premium member, you'll have access to the raw plate so you can work over the same scene as I do. Just go up to the Exercise Files tab at the top of the chapter listing to download the files.