Sci-fi Digital Makeup Using Facial Tracking in After Effects

In this After Effects tutorial, we'll learn how to transform an ordinary human actress into an alien creature. Software required: Adobe After Effects CC 2015, Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Sep 13, 2015
Duration
1h 5m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Sep 13, 2015
Duration
1h 5m
Description

In this After Effects tutorial, we'll learn how to transform an ordinary human actress into an alien creature. We'll start off by tracking the face of the actress with the facial tracking system in After Effects. We'll then use that information to stabilize the face. Then, using Mesh Warp, we'll warp the face, beginning our alien transformation. We'll go over reversing the stabilization of the face and then move into Photoshop and create some textures to use in After Effects for digital makeup. Back in After Effects, we'll get the textures to move with the actor's face by using tracking data from the facial tracker. Finally, we'll learn some tricks on how to handle textures for heads rotating in 3D space. By the end of this After Effects training, you'll have created a very impressive-looking alien woman and learned some techniques you can start using right away to create a huge variety of digital makeup effects in your own projects. Software required: Adobe After Effects CC 2015, Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.

About the author
About the author

Feeding his obsession with film making since he was 13 years old, Evan has built a mountain of industry experience from working on things like 300, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, and South Park.

More from the author
More courses by Evan Clarke James
Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
Hello, I'm Evan James. These days, a lot of effects that used to be done with makeup on the set are being done digitally. In these series of lessons, you will learn how to use AfterEffects in Photoshop to transform an ordinary human actress into an alien creature. We got our video of an actress from Dissolve. Before getting started, we'd like to say thank you to Dissolve and their contributors, AILA images, for their video. We're going to start off by tracking the face of the actress with AfterEffects facial tracking system. We'll then use that information to stabilize the face and then, with the face being held still, we're going to use mesh warp on it to begin our alien transformation by moving the eyes down and farther apart. We're then going to go over reversing the stabilization of face so that it moves like it did before, only with the mesh warp applied to it. We're then going to move into Photoshop and create some great textures to use in AfterEffects for a digital makeup. Then, back in AfterEffects, we're going to use more tracking data from the facial tracker and get those textures to move along with the actors face. And then finally, you're going to learn some tricks on how to handle covering textures for the head, rotating a 3-D space by using 3-D layers, Photoshop adjustments, and creating a mask to parent to some tracking data. In the end, you will have created a very impressive looking alien woman and learned some techniques that you can get started using right away to create a huge variety of digital makeup effects in your own projects. So, with that, let's get started.