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Animation: Motion Control 3D: Bringing Photos to Life

Rich Harrington

About this course

Have you looked at a photo and wished you were there, or wondered what the scene looked like to the photographer? Now you can bring your photos to life by adding motion and depth to your images. Instructor Rich Harrington reveals how you can transport your photos into a three-dimensional world, using Photoshop and After Effects CC. The course shows you how to select the right images and resolutions, how to use masks and layers to build the composition in Photoshop, and how to animate the camera and light the scene in After Effects. Plus, learn how to use particles to add depth to your scene, mix in video, create 3D perspective, and render out your composition.


Topics include:

  • Understanding parallax
  • Choosing the best photos
  • Identifying planes
  • Timing the move
  • Using Quick Selection, Quick Mask, and Refine Edge to create layers
  • Cleaning up the composite with the healing tools
  • Adding a 3D camera to your scene
  • Setting the depth and size of your composition
  • Animating the camera
  • Adding depth of field and bokeh blur
  • Setting ambient and directional light
  • Adding depth with particles
  • Mixing in video footage
  • Creating perspective with Vanishing Point

Curriculum3h 58m

  • Exercise Files
  • Preview
    Welcome
  • What You Should Know Before Watching this Course
  • What You Should Know Before Watching this Course
  • The Technique Explained
  • How to Use Motion Control 3D in Your Projects
  • How to Use Motion Control 3D in Your Projects
  • Image-selection Guidelines
  • Resolution Guidelines
  • Working in Color or in Black & White
  • Advice for Scanning
  • Advice for Researching Photos
  • Planning the Move
  • Identifying Planes
  • Preview
    Creating a Staging Diagram
  • Understanding Parallax
  • Choosing a Focal Length
  • Timing the Move
  • Layering the Image
  • The Quick Selection Tool
  • Using Quick Mask Mode
  • The Refine Edge Command
  • Make a Selection Based on Focus
  • Using Layer Masks
  • Dealing with Contact Points
  • Cleaning up the Composite
  • Filling in the Holes: Clone Stamp
  • Filling in the Holes: Healing Brush
  • Filling in the Holes: Content-Aware Fill
  • Filling in the Holes: Content-Aware Move
  • Preview
    Using Perspective Warp
  • Removing Camera Shake
  • Using a Floor Image
  • Organizing the Comp
  • Naming & Organizing Layers
  • Final Preparation & Using Smart Objects to Organize
  • Build the Composition
  • Importing a Layered PSD File into After Effects
  • Adding a 3D Camera
  • Setting the Initial Depth
  • Setting the Composition Size
  • Using Motion Blur
  • Animating the Camera
  • Using Multiple Views
  • Understanding Keyframes
  • Positioning while Animating the Camera & Layers Together
  • Modifying Camera Paths
  • Adding Camera Shake
  • Adjusting the Camera
  • Setting the Depth of Field
  • Changing the Focal Length & Zoom
  • Adding Bokeh Blur
  • Preview
    Creating a Rack Focus
  • Relighting the Scene
  • Setting the Ambient Light
  • Adding a Parallel Light
  • Adding Spot Lights
  • Adding Point Lights
  • Lighting Effects
  • Adding Depth with Particles
  • Using After Effects Particles
  • Using Trapcode Particular
  • Mixing in Footage
  • Using Video Files for Texture
  • Using a 3D Camera To Mix Timelapse Layers
  • Using a 3D Light To Mix Timelapse Layers
  • Setting Up for Time Remapping
  • Refining the Time Remapping
  • Creating 3D Perspective with Vanishing Point
  • Why Use Vanishing Point?
  • Preparing Files in Photoshop
  • Using Vanishing Point Exchange
  • Cleaning Up the Files & Transparency
  • Extending Surfaces & Adding Texture
  • Animating a Vanishing Point
  • Viewing in 3D
  • Adding a 3D Rig
  • Changing the 3D Method Used
  • Choosing a Render Method
  • Wrap Up

About this course

Have you looked at a photo and wished you were there, or wondered what the scene looked like to the photographer? Now you can bring your photos to life by adding motion and depth to your images. Instructor Rich Harrington reveals how you can transport your photos into a three-dimensional world, using Photoshop and After Effects CC. The course shows you how to select the right images and resolutions, how to use masks and layers to build the composition in Photoshop, and how to animate the camera and light the scene in After Effects. Plus, learn how to use particles to add depth to your scene, mix in video, create 3D perspective, and render out your composition.


Topics include:

  • Understanding parallax
  • Choosing the best photos
  • Identifying planes
  • Timing the move
  • Using Quick Selection, Quick Mask, and Refine Edge to create layers
  • Cleaning up the composite with the healing tools
  • Adding a 3D camera to your scene
  • Setting the depth and size of your composition
  • Animating the camera
  • Adding depth of field and bokeh blur
  • Setting ambient and directional light
  • Adding depth with particles
  • Mixing in video footage
  • Creating perspective with Vanishing Point

Curriculum3h 58m

  • Exercise Files
  • Preview
    Welcome
  • What You Should Know Before Watching this Course
  • What You Should Know Before Watching this Course
  • The Technique Explained
  • How to Use Motion Control 3D in Your Projects
  • How to Use Motion Control 3D in Your Projects
  • Image-selection Guidelines
  • Resolution Guidelines
  • Working in Color or in Black & White
  • Advice for Scanning
  • Advice for Researching Photos
  • Planning the Move
  • Identifying Planes
  • Preview
    Creating a Staging Diagram
  • Understanding Parallax
  • Choosing a Focal Length
  • Timing the Move
  • Layering the Image
  • The Quick Selection Tool
  • Using Quick Mask Mode
  • The Refine Edge Command
  • Make a Selection Based on Focus
  • Using Layer Masks
  • Dealing with Contact Points
  • Cleaning up the Composite
  • Filling in the Holes: Clone Stamp
  • Filling in the Holes: Healing Brush
  • Filling in the Holes: Content-Aware Fill
  • Filling in the Holes: Content-Aware Move
  • Preview
    Using Perspective Warp
  • Removing Camera Shake
  • Using a Floor Image
  • Organizing the Comp
  • Naming & Organizing Layers
  • Final Preparation & Using Smart Objects to Organize
  • Build the Composition
  • Importing a Layered PSD File into After Effects
  • Adding a 3D Camera
  • Setting the Initial Depth
  • Setting the Composition Size
  • Using Motion Blur
  • Animating the Camera
  • Using Multiple Views
  • Understanding Keyframes
  • Positioning while Animating the Camera & Layers Together
  • Modifying Camera Paths
  • Adding Camera Shake
  • Adjusting the Camera
  • Setting the Depth of Field
  • Changing the Focal Length & Zoom
  • Adding Bokeh Blur
  • Preview
    Creating a Rack Focus
  • Relighting the Scene
  • Setting the Ambient Light
  • Adding a Parallel Light
  • Adding Spot Lights
  • Adding Point Lights
  • Lighting Effects
  • Adding Depth with Particles
  • Using After Effects Particles
  • Using Trapcode Particular
  • Mixing in Footage
  • Using Video Files for Texture
  • Using a 3D Camera To Mix Timelapse Layers
  • Using a 3D Light To Mix Timelapse Layers
  • Setting Up for Time Remapping
  • Refining the Time Remapping
  • Creating 3D Perspective with Vanishing Point
  • Why Use Vanishing Point?
  • Preparing Files in Photoshop
  • Using Vanishing Point Exchange
  • Cleaning Up the Files & Transparency
  • Extending Surfaces & Adding Texture
  • Animating a Vanishing Point
  • Viewing in 3D
  • Adding a 3D Rig
  • Changing the 3D Method Used
  • Choosing a Render Method
  • Wrap Up