The Documentary 3D Photo Effect | Benjamin M. Keller | Skillshare
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About This Class


Welcome to "The Documentary 3D Photo Effect"

In this class we are going to learn how to make simple animated pictures that are commonly used in documentary films or biographies. 

I will show you in 4 easy steps how to set and convert your flat pictures in 3D layers to animate them inside After Effects using simple integrated tools, you don't need advance knowledge or experience using the software to achieve the results.

This is a very simple way to give dynamic and movement to pictures and add some interesting details, you can check my project "Neruda" in order to get some reference of the posibilites of this technique, you can also check different Documentaries on Netflix where you can find different animated pictures in order to get more inspired.

Resources - Free stock Photography sites: // //

*Remember read the licence terms and conditions in order to know if you can use a photo for you project and publish in the class project or the web.

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Benjamin M. Keller

Mograph Designer and Music Composer-Producer


Hello! My name is Benjamin and I live in Santiago, Chile. I work as a freelance Motion Graphics Designer for different clients and agencies. In my spare time I like to play various instruments and produce my own music. I'm attracted to everything related to creative arts such as animation, music, illustration, design, art, etc...

You can see my work at my portfolio or follow me on Twitter.

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1. Trailer: Hi there. My name is Ben. And in this glass I will show you one of the most frequently used effect for documentary films, which I call the documentary three D For effect. I will teach a technique called world stopping where, for instance, step you cannot. Some left on movement to simple fact pictures using only aftereffects. So let's get started. 2. Step1: Step one is selection. Your pictures try to always shoes high resolution pictures that go be John the size of your composition. OK, in my case, I'm going to use ah, 10 80 p or most commonly know as full HD composition. I tried to do the same for any graphic assets, like demonstration or pictures. Okay. And also, you can find free stock pictures, insights like on splash pics, obey or pixels again. But be sure that you watch the terms a condition in order to juice these pictures. Okay, second is shoes. Picture that you can relate and helped you to enhance the documentary or the story you're trying to tell. Okay, the third thing is that try to avoid a select picture that have a complete color background K, if you're used that kind off pictures doing going to get any sense off left or perspective on it, okay? And also, you ain't gonna get the effect, OK? So try to choose the picture that have things like Depp of feel or interesting details in the background or more people in the background or interesting stuff in the background. Okay, 3. Step2: Step two is setting up your composition. Okay, But before we started to talk you about rotoscoping, gross cupping wasson old technique when filmmakers and any majors used to separate certain objects off the film and at some effects. Okay. For example, in the star Wars, they use this technique. Andi, they use a physical machine called Rhoda Scope in order to draw frame by frame their light sabers. So, in our case, we're going to use apart off this technique. Can we going to use off course digital rotoscoping que But defect we want is, like, separate in a flat picture character and separated from the back room. Right. So the first thing off course we're going to make is a new composition on DWI. Going to use that 10 80 p composition. We're going to use the square pixels frame rate off 24 and adoration off five. Okay, You can set the background color in any color, of course, but I'm going to use ah, white background. Right. Okay, so second thing off course system pork, our picture. In my case, I select a picture from the website pixels, which is free stock photography site. Okay. And this picture is with Creative Commons zero, which is a license that allows you to use this picture in a program like this. In any case, go to this specs ALS that come and check the bison's. Okay. So, off course I drag this picture in the composition here and now we going to adjust? Because, as you can see, this picture is huge. Alright, So, um, use this, uh, any, uh, squared out here and you shift in order to scale it up or down proportionately. Guess if you don't Jews this you're gonna get ah, stretch image, and you don't want that, right? So I'm going to go back on, do right. I'm doing here, and I'm going to use shift to scale down. Okay. Like this on going to set my composition on. I think something like this. Okay. Like OK, going to get more close. All right. So we got our main picture, and as you can see, it's a good picture. It's very sharp. Got sharp. It just got on interesting background and ive Sometimes you're going to make a documentary about for l think this is a good picture to make a some scene on it became. So, um, the first thing you need to make is to rename this picture and you cannot Something like rodeos. Copy. Okay, some feeling. Okay. So this is the picture. When do later. I'm going to show you how to apply the effect to separated from the background. Right. So the second thing is duplicate this. Okay, so, uh, juice come in and D in order to double cake it and press enter to change the name and food back around right? And said this behind the road of Skopje came because you this is the background. And this is the broadest copy or the main character. Do you need to separate right on. The third thing is too at a camera, OK? Because with the camera, you cannot mawr ah, lead a bit more sense off dept. And some interesting effects than I will show you later. Okay, So, in order to at the camera and you need to set first this layers to free d. Okay, so click on this icon boxes here in order to make this layer Freedy. Right. So, uh, we're going to add a new camera here. Right? Click new camera and we are going to use this camera. It's okay, right? So this is a main composition for this kind off Prior. Okay, This is all that you need. All right, so let's move forward to the next step. 4. Step3: in step, TRIA. We show you some tools in order to separate for l from the background. Right. So the first tool I will show you is called Rhoda Brush Tool. Okay, You can select this tool from this panel, okay? And you can apply to a layer. Okay. In this case, I'm one. I'm going to apply this in this rodeo Skippy layer K. Because this is the layer where I want to separate for rail from the back room. All right, so the first thing you need to no. Is that you cannot apply these tool in the main composition. Camba. Okay, if you click here, did you ain't gonna get nothing. All right, So in order to go are on, apply this effect. You need to double click here or here. If you are selecting their later first Jake and you go to the later we know. All right, you can move around with space off course and do you can apply some raw tusks. Be OK. So, um, the first teach our cut to use is common. Okay. If you click and drag, you can make the brush bigger or smaller. Okay. This is very useful because we gonna get some level of details in some pictures. Okay, So you gonna move up and down. You gonna justice a lot. Okay. So, grotesque P or Russia brush tool is represented with this queen dot k and with the plaice button do can select some regions in order to create some separation. Okay. And as you can see, after effects out automatically separate some borders, hero or edges. Okay. So, as you can see, you can select more regions. Okay? And with the purple line, you can see what is selecting. Right. So, um, some important thing is be sure that your selecting all the areas you want, right? For example, these kind of details are important, right? Like this. Like this. Okay. Knows yuras no like that. Okay, but what happened when this happens, right, You can use Ault to make and negative broader scoping or roto brush tool. Okay. And if you drag here, you can take out their region and go back to the plane, right? Or border of the picture. Okay. I am going to include some, uh, parts here. Okay? And you can get they d. Okay, so I'm going to move forward in this process and see you on the other side. Okay, Now we going to use that. Clones 10 tool. Okay. For the background, okay. And why we are going to use this? This is useful in order clones some sections from your background and make this Pharrell figure smaller or tried. Teoh, cut some edges in order to, um, make the effects works. So a clone is 10. Tool. You can select him from here. Okay. And as the rotor brush tool, you need to double click here. Okay. I turned there were others copy Layer off in order to don't confuse which later is over. Okay? Because as you can see here, that rata Skopje effect is working k. But aside mentioned before, if you move it, it will lose. Okay, OK, but don't worry. I would show you later how to fix that. Okay, so let's get in the background. All right? I want to erase some edges, okay? Because I want to only be the roads. Copy. Uh, layer present. Okay. So way going to shrink this background using the clone stamp tool is if you use far shop, maybe you are produced with this tool. Okay, so we're going to the layer background here, and you can use common to get the brush bigger or smaller. Okay. But the most important, a command or key shortcut here is all too okay, because this will set the target or the point in the background. Teoh clone or a copy. Okay. For example, the here I will set this friend this pixel or area on the back room to clone, right? And if I put old and click, I select this region, and if I click here, I'm duplicating this region. Okay, that I select that with all too. Okay, so this tool is very good for make or erase some backgrounds or pictures in a realistic way . But be aware that you cannot use this, like on a simple eraser. Okay, this is a clone tool. Okay? So you can use it. You can just sit very in a very detail way, okay? In order to make it work, because, as you can see here, you got some details off textures or something like that. Okay, but, um, as you can see and duplicating the sections like here, and I'm always using all to in order to duplicated here. OK, so as you can see, I selected out here and I click here and I duplicated this section. Okay, so I'm going back with undue. Come on, See? And you can get the idea. Okay, This could be a kind off long, um, kind of lung process. Not too much. But I recommend you to use at least have 20 meters or half a Knauer to get a very good on realistic result. Okay, so I'm going to shrink background or tring the just so for l in order to gain more background. Okay, So high finish using the clone stamp tool. Okay. And it will look like this a king. I erase every agents off for lk in order to have Mauris space of the background. Okay, it looked kinda strange. But don't worry, because if I close here and go back to the composition Okay, you will see that big look. Great, k, You can move now The layers to the back and to the front k and you gain more space, k, I will show you and step for. But don't worry, we will get there. So this is the way that you can separate things in aftereffects cape. So, um, be sure that before start animating, Be sure that do you go to Russia? Copy here on. Be sure that this bar do you drag it till d End of your composition? Guess this is very important. Because if you don't have this set like this, you will pass. For example, two minutes and you will lose the effect. OK on, did you? You can get some glitchy things. Okay, if you get any delicious. Oh, are you Deng are getting the fact k try to check this first. Okay, try to check that you have the Rudo Roto brush effect. Apply it through the whole composition. Okay, on also, go through the background and open this triangle here and go to effects like here. You go to effects and check every clone brush here is also apply through the whole composition. Because this camp breaks the effect to Okay, if you find something like this o r. The whole bunch off lines year or or sorry brushes here in this position, you can you will lose defect after or before this point. Okay? If you got something like this and your composition and effect probably will never worked as you want. OK, so that's it. Let's move forward to a step for. 5. Step4: the last step in this process is animation, right? So we're going to start closing this layer background because we're ended with the clone stamp process. Right? So we're back in the main composition, and you can see this look good. Right? So the first thing we're going to animate his background and then the protest capi upto right. But first, I will recommend that changed the preview settings. OK, in my case, I'm going to use that after resolution, okay? And we're going to change this settings to quarter, right? It looks marks more pixelated, but believe me, it will preview your, uh, animation more quickly. Right? In any case, don't worry. These ain't gonna change your final result. Where do when you exporting in? Media encoder. Right. So don't worry. So, uh, we're going to start changing the abuse. All right? I'm going to use to views are a central right. And as you can see, this separates the screen or the viewer into right. You can see your Actiq camera, and you can see at top view, right? This is very helpful because, um, we are going to move on the sea. Access. Right. So this is perfect. So in any case, you can change this to laugh chopper. Right? But this is your camera, and these are your layers, right? The layers are almost in the same spot right now, right? But I'm going. I'm going to start with the background, right? I'm going to press be right. And we will set the frit first key frame here. Right? And I'm gonna put the Lasky frame on the glass cube on the last key frame of the composition. Sorry. Right. So, uh, you can move the C axis here. Okay, this is X. This is why, and this is C right? You can move the numbers here and you move the background or these later to the back. Right. But I like to use to select the arrow, the blue arrow off this layer here and move it with the top view. Right? I like it that way. And that's good. We going to use the same technique Teoh layer off for l. Okay, we're gonna set the position here. We gonna move to the last key frame or the end off the composition, and we going to to move Ah, for l to the front okay. Example like this. Okay, even more like that, right? And that will make the effect rent. I believe that. Okay, So you can preview with space, Of course. And you can see that we're getting the fact that we want right. But it's important that you can juice some, uh, other methods or resources to add even more dynamic to your animation. Right? And one, ah, important thing to use is a camera. Right? Because you cannot even mawr dynamic to this animation. Okay, so we going to use the camera to, uh, move through the x axis, okay. And that even more movement, right? So I'm going to set this camera, and I'm going to press be right, but I'm going to start moving this camera a little bit on the left, right, Because I want this start like that. Be sure that you don't move it far to the left or to the right in order to cut the back run or the picture. Right. Be sure that you are in the picture, right? Something like that. Okay, so now we are covering the start. Our starting point in this picture. Right on. We're setting the first differing. Correct. We're moving to Lasky frame here, but we are going to set the x axis prove their right. Okay, because something like this Oh, are maybe just a little bit something like that again. So But here, as you can see, is moving very good J through the X. But remember, this is very important because I already set. Ah, very important. Ah, parameter in the ah camera. Ok, this is important because this is the most common problems on camera zone after effects. Okay. When used started camera usually comes with this option on orange full. Worst point off interest. Okay. And you don't want that because that means that the camera is always point at point off interests. Okay. And as you can see these animations stuff to tilt on, we don't want that. Okay, in this case, okay. We just want to this move through the x parameter and go straight, Okay? It looks at the same direction. Okay, so if you got this problem, just go to a layer, transform out orient and changed to off, right? And that's it. Okay. You go straight like we like. Okay, on. That's it. Jane, you can of course. And the the preview to see how looks. But we are going to save this product on. We are going to send it to at a media encoder. Sorry. Here. Okay, So, um, meeting cutter Wait a little bit in order to loaded composition. But now we got it. And you hear you can choose different presets in order to export your movie. Okay, I'm going to use the commonly use be Meo template or precious. Okay? And I'm going to drag it here and gonna set this Teoh er limbs, rub toes, Perrotto school. Not to scope like that. Okay. Going to set to my best up and click safe. Okay. And you press start, and we'll start processing your flip. Right. Okay, So meet occur. Fish processing my clip. And here is how it looks. All right, So this is just a simple example of what you can do with a simple picture. Right? But be aware that you can add more stuff like textures or textures with us to the pictures , or at certain effect, in this, uh, layer or anything. All right? You can off course integrate this clip in a sequence or ah, Primakov from year or any order editor or movie. Right? And this is it. Thank you for joining me. And I'm waiting for your replies, your question and also your products. All right, So thank you and see you next thing.