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Creating Beautiful Animated Sets in NUKE and Photoshop
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Released Jan 19, 2014
Laura Hawk

Pluralsight

Laura Hawk
In this series of tutorials, we will go through the process of masking photographs and creating an animated set with them in NUKE. We start by creating a value sketch of what we want the shot to look like, and then begin the masking process for the photos that fit in with the features that we made in the sketch.

After preparing the images, we bring them into NUKE where we create a 3D setup that will support realistic parallax. We also composite moving grass in NUKE that was created using the hair system in CINEMA 4D.

This tutorial is a mini-pipeline of the steps you need to complete for creating an animated set from start to finish. By following along, you can learn more about how this process works and ways that you can save time. By the end of this course, you'll know how to use CINEMA 4D hair to make grass, how to quickly mask images in Photoshop and how to create an animated set in NUKE.
Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
01:01
Creating thumbnail sketches in Photoshop
2

Creating thumbnail sketches in Photoshop

 
12:05
Gathering and beginning the masking process for your images
3

Gathering and beginning the masking process for your images

 
11:15
Saving your masked image to use in NUKE
4

Saving your masked image to use in NUKE

 
06:12
Creating other elements in Photoshop for use in your scene in NUKE
5

Creating other elements in Photoshop for use in your scene in NUKE

 
15:07
Animating and rendering the wind turbine in After Effects
6

Animating and rendering the wind turbine in After Effects

 
08:08
Creating a rough comp of images in Photoshop
7

Creating a rough comp of images in Photoshop

 
13:42
Setting up your read nodes and building the shot
8

Setting up your read nodes and building the shot

 
09:10
Placing the cards in 3D space
9

Placing the cards in 3D space

 
12:34
Continuing to move the cards in 3D space
10

Continuing to move the cards in 3D space

 
09:40
Color correcting the read nodes for the mountains
11

Color correcting the read nodes for the mountains

 
14:06
Finishing the card color correction for the mountains
12

Finishing the card color correction for the mountains

 
10:18
Fixing the mask for our mountain in Photoshop
13

Fixing the mask for our mountain in Photoshop

 
04:04
Positioning the set dress cards
14

Positioning the set dress cards

 
07:24
Animating the camera
15

Animating the camera

 
10:12
Creating grass in CINEMA 4D
16

Creating grass in CINEMA 4D

 
11:34
Continuing to tweak the look of the grass
17

Continuing to tweak the look of the grass

 
13:01
Adding turbulence to the grass in CINEMA 4D
18

Adding turbulence to the grass in CINEMA 4D

 
06:09
Rendering the grass
19

Rendering the grass

 
05:07
Placing the grass in NUKE
20

Placing the grass in NUKE

 
13:32
Adding fog with noise
21

Adding fog with noise

 
13:00
Finishing the color-correction for the mountains
22

Finishing the color-correction for the mountains

 
12:27
Final clean-up
23

Final clean-up

 
12:26
Writing out your scene
24

Writing out your scene

 
04:17