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Introduction to Rotoscoping in After Effects

by Chris Glick

In this After effects tutorial, we'll learn the basics of Rotoscoping using After Effects. Software required: Project files created in After Effects CS4.

What you'll learn

In this After effects tutorial, we'll learn the basics of Rotoscoping using After Effects. Digital rotoscoping is the process of creating a mask or matte to isolate part of an image or video so you can change it or add it to a different background and is a very important part of the visual effects process. We'll begin this tutorial by learning about the pen tool, which lets us draw shapes and masks. We'll then dive deeper into the masking system in After Effects and learn some time saving workflows for checking your roto. We'll then jump into the basic workflows of animating masks and how we can keep a consistent shape for a more appealing matte. We'll end by outputting our mask into an image sequence that can be used in other applications. Software required: Project files created in After Effects CS4.

About the author

Along with creating and recording training, he also used to manage the support team and work closely with the production development team at Digital-Tutors, now a Pluralsight company. He began his career working freelance and quickly realized that he wanted to find a company where he could use his talents to help people succeed in the CG industry. Chris has likely watched more Pluralsight creative training than anyone on the planet, and its evidenced by his Einstein-sized brain and encyclopedic... more

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