Join Alan Demafiles for an in-depth discussion in this video What is transparency?, part of After Effects CC 2019 Essential Training: VFX.
- [Instructor] What is transparency? Transparency is essentially what enables us to create visual effects by taking one portion of an image and combining it with another. By cutting out what we want or don't want, we create an isolated feature that we can then manipulate further in the context of our shot. You might have heard the terms opacity and transparency used together or interchangeably. They're basically opposites. In After Effects, if a layer has a 0% opacity, it's 100% transparent, meaning that you can see right through the layer, in effect making it invisible.
Likewise, if you have a layer that's at 25% opacity, you have 75% transparency and so forth. The trick here in Visual Effects is creatively deciding where to apply this transparency. We can create transparency through a number of means, including cutting out areas by masking, or using the image's color or brightness information. In Visual Effects, every shot is different and will have its own set of unique challenges. In turn, each artist will problem solve differently, and thus arrive at different solutions.
This chapter is aimed at introducing some of these essential methods of generating transparency. Understanding these techniques and training your eye to identify when to use them will greatly help your compositing and visual effects skills.
- Creating transparency
- Tracking masks in Motion
- Rotoscoping with MochaAE CC
- Camera and motion tracking
- Working with 3D layers
- Using effects
- Creating destruction with Shatter
- Creating fire with particles
- Distorting layers with the Puppet tool
- Compositing 3D renders
- Creating virtual reality experiences
Skill Level Beginner
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After Effects Guru: Mastering Cameras and Lightswith Nick Harauz3h 2m Intermediate
1. Create Transparency
3. Work with Trackers
4. Work with Effects
5. Composite 3D Renders
6. Work with Rendering
Using Media Encoder3m 53s
7. Work with Immersive 360 VR
8. Challenge: Put Your Skills into Practice
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