Join Luisa Winters for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of After Effects Guru: Keying with Keylight.
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- If you have access to the Exercise Files, please go ahead and download them. After you do so, if needed, unzip them. You will have then a folder named After Effects Keylight. You can put this folder wherever you need in your system, but I will place mine on the desktop. If you open the folder, you will notice that in there we have an After Effects project file and a folder that contains movies. You will use this After Effects project and these files throughout this title.
The After Effects project references this media. So here is the folder that I got after I unzipped the files. You can see that I have other sub-folders in here, Movies and Pictures. Movies just has the movies that we're going to use, and the Pictures just has this one picture. And of course you have the After Effects project. I already opened this project, so I'm just gonna switch to After Effects, and here it is. In this project you're gonna see three folders, one for compositions in which we have the exercise files for chapter two, chapter three, four, and five.
Notice that chapter one doesn't have any exercises. How these compositions are named is depending on the movie and the chapter. So you have Chapter 2.1 Screen Color, that means that this is the composition that belongs to the movie 2.1 Screen Color. So it's really self-explanatory. Please keep in mind that your compositions may look different than mine. The interface may also look different. This is because I had to record these movies at a specific resolution, and your screen resolution might not match the one I had to use.
Of course, if you don't have access to the files, you can still follow along using your own media. Okay, let's get started.
- Shooting for the key
- Basic keying
- Refining the matte
- Masking a key
- Correcting color