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Transitioning From Live Action Footage to Cell Shaded Drawings in After Effects
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Released Jan 7, 2013
Laura Hawk

Pluralsight

Laura Hawk
In this series of tutorials, we will go through the process to transition from live action footage to a comic style drawing of a zombie. We start out by re-timing our footage to pause on the keyframes that we will use to create the zombie drawings. We then do a quick discussion over the process for doing some drawings of this style in Adobe's Illustrator, however the drawing process is not step-by-step because we want to focus on the After Effects processes. We then import the drawings into After Effects and begin animating our transitions. We go over creating custom alphas, animating with expressions, and much more to create this animation style. By the end of this course you will have created your own animated zombie transition and you'll have picked up some universal tips for creating transitions from live action to animation.
Introduction and Project Overview
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Introduction and Project Overview

 
01:00
Blocking our zombie's poses
2

Blocking our zombie's poses

 
13:50
Importing our references to Illustrator and sketching
3

Importing our references to Illustrator and sketching

 
10:47
Importing the zombie translations to After Effects
4

Importing the zombie translations to After Effects

 
07:34
Creating a custom alpha
5

Creating a custom alpha

 
06:27
Changing the background of our footage
6

Changing the background of our footage

 
11:32
Using the custom alpha to reveal our zombie
7

Using the custom alpha to reveal our zombie

 
05:47
Arranging the blood splats
8

Arranging the blood splats

 
07:39
Animating the blood splats
9

Animating the blood splats

 
12:18
Combining the blood and zombie for animation
10

Combining the blood and zombie for animation

 
12:17
Adding and revealing our text
11

Adding and revealing our text

 
19:54
Adding a blood splat behind our text to make it more readable
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Adding a blood splat behind our text to make it more readable

 
06:43
Animating the zombie arm
13

Animating the zombie arm

 
05:00
Adding some blood and particle sprays behind our zombie
14

Adding some blood and particle sprays behind our zombie

 
17:34
Adding animated grunge with the wiggle expression
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Adding animated grunge with the wiggle expression

 
11:42