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. Software required: After Effects CS6.
Laura is a passionate visual effects and motion graphics author at Pluralsight. Ever since her first exposure to After Effects in college, Laura has had an eternal drive to learn more about motion graphics, and teach others what she has discovered. Laura began working at Digital-Tutors (now a Pluralsight company) as a motion graphics artist, creating visually-appealing advertisements and informative art for the site.