Learn how to capture, create, and use panoramic photos that can be seamlessly integrated into After Effects and other motion graphics projects.
- Hi, My name's Rich Harrington and today we're gonna be exploring two of my favorite topics: Panoramic photography and motion graphics or visual effects. We're gonna dip into both of these and I'm gonna show you some interesting ways that photography can be a useful source ingredient in After Effects projects. Now, this is a pretty straightforward class although we are gonna dive into some really small areas of technology that I think you'll find interesting. We're gonna start the class off and walk you through how to create panoramic photography. Now, this could be using just a standard camera with a tripod, a professional head or even a smartphone or just a simple point-and-shoot camera.
I'll walk you through different approaches that you can use. And of course, there is more training available here on lynda.com about the shooting site but I'll get you through all the essentials. Once we've successfully captured those images, we'll then merge them into a series of panoramic images that we can use as source ingredients inside of After Effects. I'll show you how to do this with the brand new tools inside of Lightroom, version six, or a newer version if you have that and this will give you an all-raw work flow. Then beyond that, we'll switch into Photoshop, which will allow us to merge the images together and take advantage of filling in any holes.
Now, beyond this, once we get into After Effects, there's some pretty cool things we can do. I'm gonna show you how to use these backgrounds as things like an infinite scrolling background, making a great looping background source for motion graphics projects or maybe a bumper for a television show or a video wall. Then, I'll show you using a third party script, how to wrap these panoramic photos into cylinders. This will make a great, virtual environment for a Chroma Key project and this is pretty cool. Once that's all done, we'll take a look at the ability to use a panoramic photo as an environment map.
This is essentially a special-layer type that creates reflections and I'll show you how it could really enhance a 3D logo. Now, there's a lot we're gonna cover so, let's walk through what it's a good idea to know before you start this course to make sure that you're ready.
- Shooting strategies for panoramic photos
- Building panoramic photos with Photoshop and Lightroom
- Creating a looping background
- Using the offset method with a 360˚ panoramic photo
- Creating a virtual environment
- Creating reflection maps with panoramic photos