Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video When to defocus, part of Motion Graphics for Video Editors: Creating Backgrounds.
…I mentioned de-focusing earlier, de-focusing is a great technique for…a background.…After all,…things that fall off with shallow depth of field tend to roll out of focus.…And while this is not how the human eye often works, it is how cameras work.…And because of the aesthetic associated with cinematography or…videography, people have become used to de-focused looks.…Well, here's a few ways to achieve that.…In this case here, I've got my original source element.…And if I make this a smart object by right clicking,…I now have the ability to filter non destructively.…
So, this allows me to do things like a simple Gaussian blur and I can defocus…the whole thing and maybe do it just a slight amount, so it's not as strong.…You'll notice in that case that, that helped quite a bit by removing some of…the details and making the logo stand out a bit more.…Of course, the use of a drop shadow will help.…You can drag that into position and perhaps a very slight bevel.…
But still, that background could be tweaked.…By dialing in just the right amount of blur, you can make it so…
- The role of backgrounds in video
- Achieving proper color and contrast
- Gathering source material
- Working with gradients
- Filtering and blending backgrounds
- Using patterned tiles
- Shooting background plates
- Stacking and blending footage
- Designing backgrounds with the effects in After Effects
Skill Level Beginner
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1. Background Essentials
2. Gathering Source Materials for Backgrounds
3. Working with Gradients
4. Designing Backgrounds with Photo Sources
5. Designing Backgrounds with Video Sources
6. Designing Backgrounds with After Effects
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