Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video The cloning process explained, part of After Effects Apprentice 13: Paint, Roto, and Puppet.
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Before we cover all these various clone options, let's just review how…cloning basically works.…Just like in Photoshop, you find an object that you want to clone.…I press the Option key on Mac, Alt key on Windows, and click to set the origin point.…If this is the first time I've clicked in the Layer panel, I may be just…bringing the panel forward.…So let's click again just to make sure I am setting the origin point.…When I release the Option or Alt key and move to another area of the layer…panel, when I start painting, I will clone that element.…
But if I want to repeat elements, I just Option+click on them and repeat that.…Now since I didn't spend any time setting the size of my brush, if I pick a…large element, I will have to do a little work to duplicate that item.…With my layer selected, I will press the shortcut to reveal the paint strokes…and that's two Ps in quick succession.…Each stroke I've painted appears in the Timeline.…When I select Clone stroke 4, I can see in the Layer panel, how my stroke…
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- Creating, erasing, and animating brush and clone strokes
- Using Paint to reveal a layer over time
- Creating animated distortions to flat artwork with the Puppet tools
- Replacing backgrounds with the Roto Brush