3 Replies Latest reply on Apr 29, 2016 8:45 AM by Rick Gerard

    Animating still photos?

    southwestform Level 1

      I want to create a video consisting of photos where the subject will be cut out of the photo and the subject will scale forward while the background scales down, to achieve the parallax effect. Can this be done entirely in After Effects with rotoscoping or should the subjects be cut out of the photos and placed onto new layers in Photoshop prior to being brought into After Effects?



        • 1. Re: Animating still photos?
          Szalam Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          I would use Photoshop to do the cut outs. Photoshop has really handy tools (like content-aware fill) which you will want to use! There are some handy tutorials over on VideoCopilot.net for doing this exact thing.

          • 2. Re: Animating still photos?
            BartonGarrett256 Level 2

            Absolutely do it in Ps. I use the technique a lot, I find I need a specific type of image for it to work well.  I find it works best to have three distinct planes, ideally with the subject in the midground, and be amenable to filling the holes you need to patch in the background with content aware fill or some cloning other technique and a little bluring. And lots 'o depth of field don't hurt. And the image needs to be grande. Too many pixels is not enough...

            • 3. Re: Animating still photos?
              Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              Some photos can easily be split into layers in AE but most of the time you'll need to fill in some holes and Photoshop is by far the best app for that. You can also use 3D layers and camera projection for some shots. I do that quite a lot. This tutorial by my friend Andrew Kramer, though a bit long winded, shows how to do camera projection and it works very well on some images. 3D Camera Projection - VIDEO COPILOT | After Effects Tutorials


              This script makes camera projection really easy when you need to combine video and still images. Projection - aescripts + aeplugins - aescripts.com


              You can also just cut out segments of some videos in AE using the mask tools, but as I said in the first paragraph, most of the time you'll need to fill some holes. The easiest way to do that by far is to shoot a clean plate first before you move your actors into position. The next easiest way to do that is to prepare your images in Photoshop before you bring them into AE.