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Learn How to Create VFX for Instagram TikTok Posts using Adobe After Effects

teacher avatar M Jake, Lets Create VFX & Cool Stuff Together

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      How To Film Your Footage


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    • 5.

      Adding Lights


    • 6.

      Adding Finger


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In this Adobe After Effects class we are going to learn visual effects by creating Card Bord Effect VFX. This class is great for Beginner level as well as expirienced VFX artists. This is a great way to introduce yourself to Adobe After Effects, and also learn few skills if you already familiar with this software.

What we are going to learn:

  • Basics of animation
  • Rotoscoping
  • Keying
  • Tracking
  • Timing and transforming
  • Loop Animation

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M Jake

Lets Create VFX & Cool Stuff Together


Hi, I'm Jake! I like to recreate popular VFX and create professional animation in Adobe After Effects. It's the best way to learn this software while creating something for fun!

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1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Jake. And in this class, we are going to create this popular social media affect. The best part of this class is that you don't need to have any experience in VFX or filming, or even using any editing apps, I'll provide you all needed knowledge on how to film your own video. If you don't want to record your own videos, then you can download already recorded to raw footage from the resource tab to this class so you could start practicing. Right now. I'll teach you all needed skills to complete this effect. You can just download the free trial version of Adobe After Effects. If you don't have the software yet, we will start right away. I'm excited to see your projects after completing this class. I'll be happy to see it in my class as also your result after following all the steps. So let's get started. 2. How To Film Your Footage: So I'm using Adobe After Effects 2021, but you can use any version of Adobe After Effects. It will work fine. Also, as you can see, I'm using a standard layout, so you can click here. So your layout should be similar to mine. If for some reason you cannot see some of the panels which you can see on my screen. You can always enable it from window e.g. character, character. Okay, so let's import our footage. You can go to file, import, file or just leftmost double-click here in project panel. This foolish will be available in resource step to this class. So for our effect, we need cart raw footage. You can just download from resource step to this class and import to your project panel. So now we need to create new composition. We can just click here to create new composition are on this icon here, or go to composition, new composition. But the best way to create new composition is just to drag your forage here on your composition or on timeline. It will take the same dimensions and properties of your video. So now it's important to shoot your footage properly. For this effect, it will be better if you'll shoot your polish from tripod, your camera, it should not move at all. Next thing we should want to remember is that your hand should be at the same place as your future pose. So if I'm going to press Control R on keyboard, we can take this roller and set it here. So now we can see that hand is right here and future pose is just about here. So basically, the best way is when your hand will be at this line of the edge of your future pose in which you are going to freeze. So as you can see, this future posts outline is about here. If I'm going to scroll through my forage on timeline, you can see that it matches with the hand. While you're shooting your video, you need to remember where your hand was and then just pretend like you are taking this cardboard of yourself and put it out of the screen and stay the exact same pulse. So you would be able to grab yourself on the loop. So as you can see, this is pretty much the whole video for this effect is crucial. Where your hand should be. You can even set a marker here. So as you can see, the girl watches at her feet because she knows she needs to stand right here, so her pose will match the hand right here. The most important thing here is to film yourself from tripod and make sure that your hand and your final pose will match at the same place. The next video, I'm going to show you how we can cut out ourselves and move with our hand. See you next video. 3. Masking: So now we have this clean plate. We are walking into the frame, taking ourselves out and standing right here. So first thing which we want to do is to duplicate this layer. So let's select it and press Control D to duplicate. And make sure that your time courser, this one is set to a very less frame where you froze. And then you just want to right mouse click on this layer and go to time freeze frame. It will allow us to make a freeze-frame from this video. So basically an image, as you can see, I'm scrolling and nothing changes. So now we can just basically cut out ourselves. Just make sure that you've selected this layer here and select this pen tool. With this pen tool, we can just cut out ourselves and also make sure to save your project because After Effects can crashed from time-to-time. So go to File and Save, and save to whatever location you want to save it on your computer. Let's click Save. Now, make sure to select your forage, which we froze. We can even press Enter or Return to rename it, Let's call it freeze and also press Enter and then select this layer, survey, this pen tool. And using scroll on the mouse, you can zoom in or zoom out in your picture. We can also switch off this ruler because we don't want it. So let's click here to View, Show Rulers and disables. And also on your keyboard you can press a tilta key. This is this one. It's usually right below the escape button, which allows us to move your cursor on top of any panel and open it in full screen as you can see. So let's use it. You just move your cursor on top of this screen and press the steel deck here, it will show us in full screen. It's not necessary, but it makes navigation in Adobe After Effects a lot easier. Then you can just scroll with the wheel on the mouse to the main or the mouth. And also you can use this hand tool to move around your image. But simpler way is to just hold Spacebar and just couldn't see your cursor changes to this hand tool. And with the left mouse click and drag, you can just move around your image just like this, are basically just switch to this and move around and then back to the pen tool. So let's click on our forEach to create first dot. And then you can click here to continue with this mask and leftmost click and hold. In this way you can create this kind of busy a curve. Once again, zoom in and using spacebar. As you can see, I'm holding spacebar, navigate our image and just simply create another dot. And your goal is to carve out yourself like a cardboard. I'm going to do this a bit faster. So I would not spend too much time on this class, on this part, but you can spend as much time as you want to catch yourself properly. Here at legs, I will recommend to take a bit of the shadows. It will help to look a bit better in the future. So make sure to take a bit of shadow around your feet and just continue calling yourself out from your video. By the way, you can zoom in as much as you want if you want to get a clean cut out. And finally, when you completed your mask, you need to close it at the point which you started. As you can see on my cursor, it has a little circle. It means that I'm going to close my mask. So let's look here. Now we've finished our cutout. I'm going to press Tilda key to exit this full screen mode. And then we can just select the Selection Tool. Now, if we are going to select our layer, we can just move around. And as you can see, we have this kind of cut out, which is perfect for us. And it's good idea to press F on keyboard and change this feather. Because if I'm going to de-select this layer, you'll see that we have pretty rough edge here and two smaller drought. We can just change it to three and it will feather the edge. You can play around with this value. But it's good to keep it low because here at the skin, you don't really want to have a big value because as you can see, it will fade out. So let's keep it two or three. I'm going to set it to three. And we have now clean cut out. 4. Tracking: So our next step will be to match this position of our cardboard to our hand. So let's find the moment where our hand is touching ourselves. Here. We just press P on keyboard to see the position of this frieze player and create a keyframe. What is key-frame? Key-frame is basically point in time, which you remember is the value of certain property. In our case, this keyframe, remember this value of the property position. So e.g. if I'm going to move this time coarser and change this value, you can see that it's created a new keyframe, the same position property. And now after Effects will connect these two values, basically I've moved it to the left. So if I'm going to scroll it, it moves to original position, then to the left as they moved. So this is basically the principle of animation. Let's delete this keyframe because we don't want it. Basically we want to match the movement of our cutout with the hand. And it's a good idea to use this pen behind tool, which allows us to move this anchor point. We can change this anchor point to the place of the hand. Why is that important? Because if I'm going to press R on keyboard and we'll try to rotate this image like this. You can see that it rotates around this banker point. So if it would be here, it would rotate from this point. And in our case, we would want to rotate our cardboard and we want to have it around our hand. So it would look like she's holding it right here. Also, we can switch this layer to a 3D layer by clicking here. It will allow us to rotate it in 3D like this. In our case, we will have this little tilde. So we would have this feeling of 3D dimension. But first of all, let's animate our position. So select this layer, press P on the keyboard to see the position. We can see our position keyframe. We can change the selection tool. Then we can just skip a few frames. We can also press Control Shift H. It will remove all of these outlines. And now we can see ourselves a lot better. And basically we want to remember this point around our armpit and this part of the finger. It's important to remember where it was attached. Because by skipping a few frames like this, we can basically select this layer and use arrow keys on my keyboard. And holding shift. We can move our image just like this. Now we can just remember that at this moment in time, we could see this part of the finger and it around our armpits. So we can just keep your frames and make sure that we still see this part of the finger at it should align with our armpit landscape. You frames also change the position a bit and you can just move around to see if it looks like IT. Tract to our hand. Skipping frames. Move it a bit. Align your armpit, your finger. Then once again, let's see if it looks right as keyframes, align it and check if it looks right. As you can see at this moment, it moves a bit faster than our hand. So we can just skip few frames and move it back like this. So it would look like it's stuck to our hand. The more time you will spend on this, the better track you'll get. Just make sure that you are aligning some point of yourself with the fingers which you have here. I'm going to measure it a bit roughly, but you can spend more time. So it would look a lot better. And basically we're moving until it goes out of the screen, just like this. Now, if I'm going to see this part, you can see that we have this position tracking, which is pretty good. Then we want to have rotation. So at this moment, we can press Shift and hold on keyboard and press R on keyboard is against you. It will allow us to see the position and rotation at the same time. If you click here and turn your layer to 3D layer, you'll see these x, y, z dimension of rotation, which will allow us to rotate it in 3D. So I want to add a bit of rotation in X axis like this. So here at the beginning, it will stay at zero. Let's create a keyframe. Here I asked the girl to tilt the hand like this. If you'll pay attention to this hand, you'll see that **** waste in it a bit. And now we can measure it and rotate it, an x rotation like this. So as you can see, we have this kind of animation. We can also select this keyframe and press F9, which means that this motion will start fast and slower to this keyframe. But we'll give this more natural look and slow it down so it will match better with our hand. Same thing we want to do with this keyframe selected and press F9 and equivalent. Click here to go to graph editor. You will see this kind of graph, which means that this motion starts slow and then fast and then slow again. And as you can see, it meshes with our hands a lot better. So now we have this cool rotation in 3D. So it would look more like a cardboard. We can control how much we want to rotate. Maybe it's something like -25 will be optimal, but you can pretty much sure dates to any degree you want. Next thing which you want to do is to rotate in z rotation. Because now if you'll see, it looks pretty good. But it still doesn't look natural. And to add a bit more weight to this cardboard, we can just create a keyframe to z rotation just before we are going to move to the left. So we've created this keyframe here. And towards the end, we can just rotate it a bit like this. Now, if we are going to take this keyframe and press F9, this motion will start a bit slower at the start, and then faster here. And maybe less rotate, even more like -20 or -15. You'll see like we have some kind of inertia. We can even delete this keyframe position and move it a bit more. So it will go out of the frame. And as you can see, we have this kind of feel like this cardboard has some weight. We can even select this keyframe and go to graph editor and make it a bit even slower at the start, faster at the end. So this motion would look a bit more natural. Let's go out from this graph editor and press zero or numpad to see the preview. Okay, so basically we have this main idea down. But if you're going to see our final result, you can see that we have this changing of light, which we want to add. So it will sell more like this 3D cardboard. And also you can see that we have flawless transition. In our case, we will preview. You can see that we don't have any changes in light. Here at the end, it will jump. If I'm going to press Shift F5, we will take the screenshot. And let's compare with this first frame. And you can see that it has a lot more shadow here. So these minor issues we're going to fix a next video. This effect would look lawless. See you in the next video. 5. Adding Lights: Okay, so now let's fix this issue with this shadow. The easiest way to fix this issue is basically to take this background foliage. We can even call it BG, just press Enter on keyboard and call it BG. Then press Control D to duplicate it, place it above, and move it to the left. So we would have only this last frame. Basically the same thing which we did with this pre-screen. And then right mouse click, press freeze-frame. Now we can just extend it this layer and just about 20 frames and press T on keyboard. This allows us to see our opacity. We can click here to create a keyframe. And over time, we can set this opacity to zero. And this will create this kind of fading animation. And if we will press zero or numpad, you'll see that we don't have any more, any jumping lighting in our shot. So here you can see that it has this smooth transition. So pay attention about here. It has this really small transition and it looks much more professional. One last thing which we want to add is the change in the lighting. This is also pretty easy to do. You can just go to layer new light. We will use two lights. One would be point light. Let's click. Okay, we added this kind of light somewhere around here. If we will press Control Shift H, we will see the slide and we can even move around, which looks pretty cool, but it doesn't really fit with our image. So this is why we want to use another light, go to layer new light. Now let's add ambient light. Basically this ambient light, let's click Okay. We'll preserve original colors. So if I'm going to shut this off, this point light, you will see that we have this original colors which we had before. But with this point light, we can add additional light to our video. So let's set this slide around our light source. In my case, it's right here. But in your case, it could be at any other place in your image. So make sure to place this light wherever you had light in your scene. Then you want to press P on keyboard to see the position and move it a bit farther than ourselves. So it will affect only at the point of rotation. Here, as you can see, we rotated it, introduce our light with this Z position. We can control where this light will appear. Let's try at zero. And as you can see it zero, it will introduce, right, with our rotation, which is perfect for us. And you can play around with these values to see where you want to introduce your light. So as you can see, I've purposely moved my light to this light source. So it would look like we are caching light from this light source on top of our cardboard. And as you can see, it looks pretty good. We can also press T on keyboard and reduce the amount of light which we are introducing. So let's set it to 55. So it will be not so noticeable. And now it looks much more believable. If for some reason you can see that your image gets too saturated, you can just simply here at the beginning of rotation, select your layer and go to effects and presets waited for load up and apply this tint effect. Just right here, tent and leftmost click and drag on top of this freeze-frame layer and set it this amount to zero. Then we want to create a keyframe. And a bit later here, where we got our footage a bit too saturated. We can set it to them. So you can see now colors matches our colors better. And you can play around with this amount to get exactly the same colors. In my case, something like nine works best. It doesn't get too saturated. And it also looks a bit more professional and less thing which you want to add is to select this freeze-frame and apply some drop shadow effect. So type here and effects and presets panel drop shadow, leftmost leak and drop it on this freeze-frame. Now, if we will move this distance, you will see this shadow. This direction. We can change the direction of our shadow. And also we want to change the softness. Let's set it to high value. And maybe let's change this opacity to 25. It will be subtle, but we will still have some kind of shadow from our cardboard. And also we'll add a little something to make this effect more believable. And you can play around with this opacity to make sure that this shadow is not too visible. Now let's press zero NOPAT to see our result. 6. Adding Finger: One last thing which we need to do is to create a mat so our finger will go on top of our current board. So let's do exactly this. For this, we need to take our original footage, which is Vg, press Control D to duplicate it, set it above, use write a brush tool. So to use Roto Brush tool, we need to select our layer. We can call it finger and just press Enter on keyboard and type finger. Then let's enable this layer. And also let's show this row brush tool. Then you need to let mouse double-click on this finger layer to open end layer mode. And here we can use our brush tool. We can zoom in or zoom out using wheel on the mouse. Also, you can press Space-bar on keyboard. And it will allow us to use this hand tool. And with the left mouse click and drag, you can move around your image. If you hold control. And let me just click and drag to the left or to the right. You can change the brush size. And if you release control, now you can paint over our footage, which just like this. In our case, we want to track only our finger. So with this green brush, we want to tell to the software, Adobe After Effects that we want to keep something n, that this part we want to track. If you hold Alt key on keyboard, it turns to red. So it means that when we are brushing up our footage, we delete in unwanted areas. In our case, we want just to keep our finger and that entire hand. So make sure to select something like this. And then just keep frame by frame and make sure that it stays on your finger. If it doesn't stay, you just need to cut out unwanted parts like here and add our finger if we deleted accidentally. So in our case we just want to have this finger tract. Then skip a few frames and just make sure that you're tracking and goes well. If trekking is trying to get this part of the hand is not a problem. Just make sure that this part, which will go on top of our cardboard is tracked properly. So it only will stay on your finger. So e.g. here you can see that it loses track. You just need to cut out the software that you want to keep only this part and then just simply continue this process. So in my case, I don't want to waste any time of this class and I'm going to cut out this part of the footage, but you can basically carve out your finger throughout all of this video. Then once you get your cutout finger up till the end of the video, will need to press this button. It will freeze all the process which we got. So let's click here. As you can see, it saves our progress. After this, you can just simply go to composition and see how it stays exactly on top of our footage. And here we have a bunch of settings which we can use. Basically we can use this further. We can add some feathers so it will smooth the edge. We can lower contrast so it will smooth the edge even more. We can also shift the edge, make sure that it's only covers our finger. Something like this. This is basically how we can add a finger on top of our cardboard so it would look even better. And final thing which you can see, we have some lighting jiggle. We can fix this is just, we're taking this phrase cardboard layer and press Control D to duplicate it. Let's place it on top. And let's call it fingers shadow. Because we want to use the shadow only on top of our finger. And just basically change this drop shadow. The shadow only in this case, we will get only the shadow from our cardboard. And then we will use this finger, let's call it shadow, and then use this finger as a mad. So let's press Control D to duplicate it. Place it on top, take this shadow, and click here on toggle switches and modes. Here we can change the track matte. So let's change it to alpha matte. And as you can see, now we have basically uniformed completely same lighting on our finger as it was with this little ticks. We can get rid of this unusual lighting and get this professional-looking footage which looks seamless. Feel free to follow me here on Skillshare. I post classes every week. I have a lot of classes on VFX using Adobe After Effects is also am creating classes on motion design texts, animation, basics of animation. From time to time, I, I'm posting more complex classes of creating sparks and 3D animation and also logo animation. I recommend you to watch this 12 min class. If you want to try some VFX stuff, this one, don't hesitate to create projects. After watching my classes, I always check your work and give you some comments if you need help. Also, feel free to ask questions below any of my classes. And you can also suggest what you want to learn next. So once again, feel free to follow me here on Skillshare, and I'll be happy to see you in my next class. Thank you for watching.