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Creating a 3D Scene with a 2D Image in After Effects
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Released Jan 1, 2013
Laura Hawk

Pluralsight

Laura Hawk
In this series of After Effects tutorials, we learn how to add depth to a 2D image using masking, camera, and compositing tricks.

We will start by discussing what kinds of images are best to use for shots like this and then we discuss how to decide where we are going to break our image apart. After masking our layers to split them up, we give them some Z-depth and animate a camera to bring our scene to life. From there, we add elements like birds and particles that add to our depth and help sell realism in our scene. By the end of the training, we will have gone from a completely still image to a scene that feels alive.
Introduction and Project Overview
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Introduction and Project Overview

 
01:03
Masking our scene to split our image into layers
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Masking our scene to split our image into layers

 
17:29
Adding depth our layers by changing their Z positions
3

Adding depth our layers by changing their Z positions

 
11:15
Animating the camera
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Animating the camera

 
07:21
Using the Liquify Effect to animate the water
5

Using the Liquify Effect to animate the water

 
04:32
Adding the particles to our scene with Particular
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Adding the particles to our scene with Particular

 
11:26
Changing the camera settings to add depth of field
7

Changing the camera settings to add depth of field

 
10:29
Adding birds to the scene for a secondary depth element
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Adding birds to the scene for a secondary depth element

 
07:40
Adding realistic camera lens effects
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Adding realistic camera lens effects

 
10:12