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  • How to Narrative ink story in a canvas 2d with After effects?๐Ÿ‘Œ

  • Gerardo Rojas

    February 24, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    don’t really know how to express the idea, but I’m trying to realize how to make a short story, a hero’s death, the camera will travel from a different position in a 2d canvas, showing pictures revealing by ink.

    I know how to do it, but maybe it is not the efficient way, creating a big workspace, put some images here and there, revealing when the camera is in focus, but maybe there is a simple technique or some plugins to help me in the process.

    Do u have some examples which can I get some inspiration?

    Thanks for your time๐Ÿ˜…

  • Mark Suszko

    March 1, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Hi, Gerardo, I think I understand what you’re asking. But I’ll ask a few clarifying questions as I go along, ok?

    The first impression I get is that you’re asking for a transition for the new incoming images, which I assume are stills, and that transition should make the incoming shots look like they are inked-in, or uncovered by a spreading ink stain effect. If that is your goal, any number of means can achieve it; you’re basically doing a luminance key effect with an animated mask, and that mask is in the shape of spilled ink or paint. You can get something like this pre-made at, and from Digital Juice, but if you’re trying to do it for free, download some free, public domain footage or stills of ink or paint spills from youtube… or make your own footage by shooting black or light blue ink or paint, spilled over white paper.

    The next step in that process is to make a sandwich of video layers, putting the monochrome ink spill footage on its own track on top and applying a luminance key effect to it. (If you have green or blue ink, you could also use chromakey effect here). You might have to reverse the key. That inkblot becomes the window that reveals the footage below it. You will also be playing with opacity settings and the blend mode of that track – see if it works better when switched to “multiply” or “screen” or “overlay.”

    Now maybe I got your question wrong, and you meant you want to turn your images into something that looks like ink or watercolor? Photoshop has presets for that, for stills, and they work the same way in AfterEffects, but also, there is a video effect program out there I have not worked with in a long time, but it was really excellent for all kinds of effects mimicking ink and paper, or watercolor paint… that was Synthetic StudioArtist. (I just checked: they still sell it, very worth looking at )

    To get a virtual camera tracking across your scattered images, my first go-to is always Apple Motion, because I find it more simple and intuitive than A.E., but AfterEffects is the Big Gun.

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