2 Replies Latest reply on Dec 7, 2013 3:54 PM by Wes Cox

    In CS3, making layer in still photo

    Wes Cox Level 1

      Which technique works best to cut an image from a photo to build a layer for animation?   If Photoshop which tool cuts the image and which function turn it into layer?  If AE, then same question.  I can't find topic in training video.

        • 1. Re: In CS3, making layer in still photo
          Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          You duplicate your background layer in Photoshop so you have foreground and background elements then use masking to isolate the parts of the image you want to have on each layer. These layers are arranged in 3D space in After Effects and you animate the camera position. Simple as that.


          If you are completely lost with these instructions you need to start with the basics of Photoshop and the Basics of AE. There is not a one click solves my problem solution. This requires careful work by hand, planning, and the right kind of shot.


          The effect is sometimes called the "Kid stays in the picture effect" from the movie of the same name. The technique is far older than the move and goes back to the earliest days of film production using matte paintings, razor blades and photographs.


          I hesitate to put up this link because it sounds like you are very new to Photoshop and AE if you don't have any idea how to separate elements in an image but here it is anyway.

          • 2. Re: In CS3, making layer in still photo
            Wes Cox Level 1

            You are correct about  experience in Photoshop on layers and AE on animation.  I have a simple straight flag photo with sky background.  I thought I could animate the flag.  Gertting photo into layers for AE is a block. COPILOT has good tutorial on AE.  I will start with the basic with are better than ADOBE training DVD. Thanks for the basic info.