Highlighted

Using paint tool on transparent layer/rotoscoping

New Here ,
Jul 25, 2017

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

I want to create a transparent layer so I can add painted effects and images over existing footage - but then remove the original footage and render.  I'm a Photoshop and Illustrator expert but new at After Effects. It seems like a simple thing but not found the answers. Rotoscope tool is too rigid. A simple layer akin to a new layer in Photoshop would be ideal. I want to paint and add new elements so I need the footage for reference - but then need to hide it and render with a transparent background. Thanks very much

Views

1.4K

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community Guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more

Using paint tool on transparent layer/rotoscoping

New Here ,
Jul 25, 2017

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

I want to create a transparent layer so I can add painted effects and images over existing footage - but then remove the original footage and render.  I'm a Photoshop and Illustrator expert but new at After Effects. It seems like a simple thing but not found the answers. Rotoscope tool is too rigid. A simple layer akin to a new layer in Photoshop would be ideal. I want to paint and add new elements so I need the footage for reference - but then need to hide it and render with a transparent background. Thanks very much

Views

1.4K

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community Guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
Jul 25, 2017 0
Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 25, 2017

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

The right technique depends on the footage. Here's a simple rotoscope short tutorial that may point you in the right direction.

You may need to learn about tracking, how to use Mocha, how to create a procedural matte, use Rotobrush... it all depends on the footage. Without seeing the footage or at least a screenshot of a frame from the footage it is pretty hard to point you to the right tools and workflow.

The UI and the tools in AE are a lot more complex than Photoshop. If you are new I'd start here Basic AE and learn some of the basics first. I've only seen a couple of people in my 20+ years using AE that successfully jumped in to AE without training and accomplished anything.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community Guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
Reply
Loading...
Jul 25, 2017 0
New Here ,
Jul 25, 2017

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Thanks - unfortunately it's not straight up rotoscoping - I need to hand draw over the footage - so the rotobrush and mocha isn't helpful

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community Guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
Reply
Loading...
Jul 25, 2017 0
Most Valuable Participant ,
Jul 25, 2017

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

I want to paint and add new elements so I need the footage for reference

if you want to paint with a regular brush or soft brush, you have the paint tool in Ae that also has a write-on feature. what kind of elements? maybe you can show us a reference of sketch art of want you are set to accomplish.

if you want to straight up paint over a video like the work of RUFFMERCY on Vimeo, then you can do what he does - import the video to photoshop and paint on a blank video layer using onion skin and other cool feature that photoshop has for rotosoping on video (and After effects does not)

there's also this plugin: Paint & Stick 2 - aescripts + aeplugins - aescripts.com

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community Guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
Reply
Loading...
Jul 25, 2017 0
New Here ,
Jul 25, 2017

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Thanks! Ruffmercy videos are great - what I'm doing is much simpler. I'll look into it. I saw Paint and Stick in a tutorial but didn't realize it was a plug-in. I'll check that out as well. Much appreciated

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community Guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
Reply
Loading...
Jul 25, 2017 0
Most Valuable Participant ,
Jul 25, 2017

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Great. come back if you have more questions or tell us what worked for you. maybe show us too.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community Guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
Reply
Loading...
Jul 25, 2017 0
New Here ,
Nov 03, 2020

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Dear mr Tzoref,

 

I have come to need exactly what mr scott b wanted, i believe that the following is the fastest solution, it works well for me so far.

 

create solid green layer (opposite the colour of the brush you will use)

use paintbrush as usual (color red)

add effect color key and key out the green, set up tolerance and parameters of the effect

 

what you get is a layer that contains the brush and leaves the unbrushed parts transparent.

 

Thanks for helping us noobs. Have a nice day.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community Guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
Reply
Loading...
Nov 03, 2020 0