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  • Band of Brothers, how?

  • Mike Stewart

    April 3, 2005 at 3:53 am

    Hi everyone, I want to do an overlay of pictures on top of a folded paper background, no matter what transform i use (overlay, screen etc,) it does not look right, it is the opening sequence of “Band of Brothers” that I’m talking about, any tips on prepping the photo for this to work right?


  • hans van vliet

    April 3, 2005 at 5:01 am

    Assuming your using After effects.

    Get your hands on a scanner.
    Scrumple paper to taste. (if you can’t be bothered then
    Import fleshly scanned scrumple paper onto timeline.
    Import picture that needs scrumble above it.
    Then select the picture and transfer mode (multiply)

    Now tweeking is what you need to do, You will need an Effects > Adjust > levels on the paper layer. Move it around until the paper has a more white base (or the lightest you would want to see the paper)
    But to make things a little more realistic you just need to look at an object, like say wood. Now if you drew something on a piece of wood over time the picture would erode. But some of it would be left behind because it sits deeper into the wood grain and hid from the elements. So how does this apply to your paper? Well, what you should do is duplicate the paper texture, place it above the picture. Then create an Extract Key (or a lumakey) and you need to key out all the dark spots and pick the highest white peak and have a 20/25 spread and a feather of like 1/2 (if you use extract which I would recommend, then place a blur instead of feather of like 1/2). Now I would use this as a matte so just go down to your picture and then Trackmatter > Alpha inverted and it’ll eat out all the light spots in the picture this creating a nice distress that is natural to the paper.

    Hope that makes sense? Anyways, Good luck it’s not to complicated .. 😛


    Then because of the nature of the way light works you can make a nice distress key from the paper. So duplicate the paper .. get rid of the level adjust on it. Place that above your photo. Then use an extract key. Now what you looking to do is get rid of all the light spots and leave the dark ones only. I don’t know if you know how to use extract but I’ll leave it at that. Once you’ve got that then your going to use the top layer as a

  • Mike Stewart

    April 4, 2005 at 1:38 am

    Thanks so much for explaining in such detail, did a quick try and it is looking great, thanks again!

    PS, do you know of any brush stroke textures on the net?

    Thanks a bunch

  • hans van vliet

    April 4, 2005 at 5:53 am

    No worries, didn’t del the stuff at the bottom .. oohps. As for brush stroke textures, I don’t know of any, places but creating them would be fun exercise for a day and you could use them later I guess .. Good luck with it all.


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