One of the things that's going to make a backdrop more believable is that there's natural blurring in the photo. So if you're using a photographic backdrop, or even a video backdrop, taking the time to control what’s in focus can make a more believable composite. Richard Harrington demonstrates how to defocus backgrounds in Adobe Photoshop.
- While you have the ability to apply a simple Gaussian blur…inside of Premiere Pro After Effects,…it doesn't really give you selective control,…but if you're working with a still background,…it's very easy to do this inside of Photoshop.…In this case, I've opened up a backdrop,…and I'm just going to duplicate the layer.…I can do this by right-clicking on the layer…and choose Duplicate Layer,…and let's just call this BLURRED.…Now, I'll select a tool here for blurring.…
It's located within this well…and I'll just choose the Blur tool.…If you use a right bracket key, it'll make a bigger brush,…and the left bracket key is smaller.…Just make sure you don't have the Caps Lock key depressed.…Otherwise, the brush preview is hidden.…Additionally, you can use shift + right bracket…for a harder brush,…and shift + left bracket for a softer brush.…You'll notice that that's adjusting the controls here…for hardness and size.…
This means that it's very easy to dial things in.…So for example, using a lower strength,…I can start to paint up and build some blurs here,…
- Keying in Premiere Pro vs. After Effects
- Importing footage to key
- Stacking layers in Premiere Pro
- Using the Ultra Keyer
- Using KEYLIGHT
- Enhancing a key with 3D lights
- Deciding when to use a third-party tool
- Processing backdrops in Photoshop
- Exchanging transparency data
Skill Level Intermediate
After Effects Apprentice: 12 Tracking and Keyingwith Chris Meyer3h 54m Intermediate
VFX Techniques: Crowd Replication with After Effectswith Lee Lanier2h 54m Intermediate
After Effects Compositing: 4 Color Keyingwith Mark Christiansen2h 7m Intermediate
1. Deciding Where to Key Your Footage
2. Importing Footage to Key
3. Keying in Adobe Premiere Pro
4. Keying in Adobe After Effects
5. Selected Third-Party Keyers
6. Processing Backdrops in Photoshop
7. Backdrop Techniques
8. Exchanging Transparency Data
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