See Third-party plug-ins included with After Effects. The Brush Strokes effect applies a rough painted look to an image.
You can also use this effect to achieve a pointillist style by setting the length of the brush strokes to 0 and increasing the stroke density. This effect alters the alpha channel, as well as the color channels; if you masked out a portion of the image, the brush strokes paint over the edges of the mask.
The direction in which the strokes are made. The image is effectively shifted in this direction, potentially causing some clipping at the layer boundaries.
Applying the Grow Bounds effect before the Brush Strokes effect effectively extends the boundaries of the layer to prevent this clipping.
Creates nonuniform strokes. Causes only the strokes themselves to appear, leaving the layer transparent between the strokes.
The transparency of the effect. The result of the effect is blended with the original image, with the effect result composited on top. The higher you set this value, the less the effect affects the layer.
The Cartoon effect simplifies and smooths the shading and colors in an image and adds strokes to the edges between features. The overall result is to decrease contrast in areas with low contrast and increase contrast in areas with high contrast.
The result can be an image that resembles a sketch or cartoon, or the result can be more subtle. You can use the Cartoon effect to simplify or abstract an image for stylistic purposes, to call attention to areas of detail, or to obscure the poor quality of the original footage.
An advantage that the Cartoon effect has over some other effects and techniques that provide a similar result is the superior temporal coherence that the Cartoon effect provides. This means that the result of applying the Cartoon effect does not vary greatly from one frame to the next if the two frames are very similar.
It smooths the image and removes minor variations with a blurring operation similar to that used by the Bilateral Blur effect. Modify the Detail Radius and Detail Threshold properties to control this phase. It finds edges in the image and applies a stroke to them, similar to the Find Edges effect.
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Modify properties in the Edge and Advanced property groups to control how the edges are determined and how the strokes are drawn. It reduces the variations in luminance and color in the image, simplifying the shading and coloring.
Modify properties in the Fill property group to control this quantization posterization. Note: Begin with Render set to Fill Only, and first achieve the result that you want for the colors of the image.Richard Garabedain. Michael Szalapski. Cassius Marques. Graham Quince. Walter Soyka. John Williams.
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The technique, popularized by Blotter M ediacan bring your video to life by adding strong visual elements that will keep your viewers watching. This is where footage meets motion graphics! New in After Effects? Start by importing your footage into Adobe After Effects. Drag the footage onto the New Composition button at the bottom of the Project panel window.
This will create a new composition inside After Effects that has the exact same resolution, frame rate, and duration as your source footage. Organizing your footage in this way will help you quickly identify which layer is which when working in your After Effects project. This will open up the footage in the Layer panel window. This is where After Effects allows you to use the Brush Tool to draw on the footage.
Next, select the Brush Tool from the tool options at the top of your program. This is the tool that we will be using to create the paint effect.
If we used the constant setting, for example, the paint we draw would appear on every frame, which is not what we want for this type of effect. While on that frame, start to draw what will be on this frame. In our example, we will be outlining the skateboard. From here on out, you will repeat this frame by frame to complete the effect. Start painting the next frame in your animation.
For our example, since the skateboard is moving, we will be following the edge of the board for each frame. If your footage is different, you might need to make slight changes in each frame to create movement in your paint animations. Continue this process by drawing on a frame, then moving to the next frame, drawing, then moving to the next frame, and drawing again, etc.For this tutorial I will be using the same rubber duck footage from the YouTube tutorial, but remember that you can use the very same technique to apply a glow effect to any element you want for your own scene.
In order to apply any effect to only parts of your clip, you will first have to separate the elements from your base footage. There are many ways to separate elements from your footage in Adobe After Effects and for static elements like the rubber duck, you can simply use the masking tool.
First, duplicate your footage layer. Since I will use this layer to separate out only the duck, I will call it 'Glowing Duck'. You can rename any layer by selecting it and pressing the Enter key on your keyboard.
Then select the masking tool and draw a mask around the element you want to cut out.
I will draw a mask around the rubber duck. After we applied the mask, your layer will contain nothing but the element we cut out. If we solo the layer, we will only see the rubber duck that we drew the mask around.
This is perfect as now any effects we apply to this layer will only be applied to the rubber duck! I will apply it to the Glowing Duck layer. Most parameters of the Glow effect are pretty self explanatory and I recommend that you do play around with them to figure out what they do and have some fun, but here are the most important ones and what they do:.
If you make your glow very large and very intense you might find that After Effects cannot properly display your glow and it just becomes weak or even invisible. But fear not! This is caused by a composition setting that we can easily change!
You need to return to the Project tab and at the bottom of your project window you will see a small '8 bcc' option.
ALT-click on this option twice to change it from 8 to 24 and then to 32 bcc. Do note that working in 32 bit per channel colour space will make processing a little slower. But it's worth it - check out the massive intense glow I added to my rubber duck! Now that you are in full control of the glow effect, tweak it as required, feel free to animate the radius, intensity or any other property as you please and then un-solo the layer to composite your glowing element back onto your original footage.
This is what the glowing duck in my final shot looks like:. Now this was pretty simple!There are different ways to achieve this, the main choices are using an animated mask or using the roto brush tool available in Adobe After Effects CS5 or later. Using animated masks is a viable option if the moving element is very simple in shape. For this effect we will make my moving hands glow and trying to animate a mask frame-by-frame to follow my hands can be incredibly tedious so we will be using the roto brush tool instead.
You can find the roto brush tool on the right side of the toolbar. To use the roto brush tool, select it and then double click on the footage layer you want to apply the brush to. I will select it and double click on the Glowing Hands layer I have created. This will bring up a new preview window which contains some additional controls at the bottom that allow you to control how the roto brush will be visualised.
You are ready to start painting! Well, wait! Before you start applying the roto brush tool, there is one important setting you should check: the resolution you are applying the roto brush in!
The roto brush tool propagates automatically frame-by-frame and this propagation changes depending on the resolution of your footage. If you do not apply the roto brush itself in full resolution and then export your composition at full resolution, the roto brush might be applied totally differently to what you expect. So avoid this pitfall and check that current resolution is set to 'Full' before starting to paint! Now it's time to start applying the roto brush!
Simply paint over the elements in your scene that you want to keep. In normal mode you apply a green colour over your footage and you should see a purple outline around the elements you painted as the roto brush tool automatically tries to detect the objects you have marked.
In order to remove an element from the roto brush selection you can hold down the ALT key on your keyboard for erase mode.
Then move through your footage frame-by-frame and apply the roto brush at every frame. The roto brush itself will try to follow the elements in your scene automatically, but it does - at times - require a fair bit of guidance to follow them correctly.
This is much faster than animating a mask pathI ensure you! Once you are done applying the roto brush tool to the moving elements - in this case my hands approaching the rubber duck - return to your main composition. The roto brush effect will now be applied to the layer and only the elements you painted green will be cut out.
Note that the preview of this effect might differ slightly depending on what resolution you are previewing your composition in. Remember, the roto brush might give you different results depending on the resolution you are using and we applied it in full resolution.Common layer styles are drop shadows, color overlays, gradients, and glows.
Because layer styles tend to be pretty basic, most designers use them for text or stationary 2D layers. If you want more info about what each layer style does individually, check out the video tutorials below. Tutorial By: Evan Abrams. In this overview video from Evan Abrams, we take a look at how to use the basic layer styles in After Effects.
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Layer Style Tutorials 1. Lucent Warm features spherical lens flares shot using high-end Cooke S4 Prime lenses. Get This Pack. We'll immediately send you an email with a download link!Layer bounding boxes and selection indicators help visualize the three-dimensional bounds for beveled, extruded, or curved layers, in addition to flat layers, the bounding boxes for selected 3D layers now appear as dashed and lighter outlines with scaling handles, with solid and slightly thicker lines at the corners.
The back sides of the 3D bounding box are not drawn. To help indicate the location of layers and if clicking will select them, the corner lines will appear above an unselected layer that would become selected if clicked at the mouse pointer's location. The same applies when marquee-selecting layers.
To show bounding box indicators around individual characters in per-character 3D text layers and nested layers in a collapsed precomposition, enable the Show Internal Wireframes option in Previews preferences. This option is enabled by default. Seeing the "V" orientation on 3D layers in Wireframe preview mode can be very helpful to identify their orientations.
You can also select the different sides of a 3D bounding box, and scale or rotate the layer based on the selected side. Scaling and rotation are relative to the layer's anchor point.
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You can also reposition the anchor point to the edges or centers of a visible side of the bounding box. To scale a layer from a side of its bounding box: Using the Selection tool, select a side, and then drag one of the bounding box handles. Scaling occurs along the plane represented by that side. Using the Rotate tool, select a side, then do either of the following:Drag a center handle along an edge to rotate around that edge's axis.
Rotation around the x or y axis when dragging the center handle now behaves like that around the z axis, in that you need to drag around the anchor point instead of from side to side. Using the Pan Behind Anchor Point tool, start dragging the anchor point, then hold down the Ctrl Windows or Cmd Mac key as you approach an edge, center of an edge, center of a visible side, or center of the 3D bounding box.
An edge will highlight get thicker when the anchor point is above it, the edges of a side will highlight when snapped to its center, and all edges will highlight when snapped to the center of the 3D bounding box.
A small box will appear around the anchor point when above these center snap locations, and two small boxes will appear when above the center of the 3D bounding box. Buy now. Adobe After Effects User Guide. Select an article: Select an article:. Applies to: Adobe After Effects.
Identifying the orientation of a bounding box. Scale or rotate a layer relative from a side of its bounding box. Scale a layer relative from a side of its bounding box. Rotate a layer relative from a side of its bounding box. Drag a corner handle to rotate around the perpendicular axis. Snap the anchor point to different parts of a side of a bounding box.