3 Replies Latest reply on May 12, 2016 7:06 AM by Szalam

    How to replicate an image through adobe after effects?




      I'm making a motion graphic animation about the function of the eye as part of my school project. I only have 2 months experienced with it, I know some basic stuff but I still struggle to use adobe after effect at some point. I'm stuck on the first step trying to replicate this diagram of an image:




      I want to replicate it shape by shape but struggling the eye parts in front of the lens especially making the iris and conjunctiva part. Here is what I've manage to replicate so far: I know it's not good but it's the best I could do in an hours time


      Human Eye Pic.JPG

      Unless if there is a quicker way to replicate the whole lintier image I need help on creating the bump shape like in front of the lens. For example, "aqueous humour" has a shape of a circle but cut in halve. It's hard to replicate that circle since we could only scale the whole circle but not one side of it at a time.


      Also, I do not have adobe illustrator, and I'm new as well . So I would like to ask if you can keep the instructions simple and detailed? Thank you

        • 1. Re: How to replicate an image through adobe after effects?
          Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

          You need to read up on mask modes and mattes and how to use them to mutually cut and slice shapes using duplicates of layers and then reassemble everything. The same would apply to shape layers and their various ways of working with groups and additional operators. Assymetrical deformations can easily be created e.g. using a Bezier Warp or Mesh Warp effect and of course when working with shape and mask paths by selecting the respective anchor points only. Inserting additional points may sometimes be necessary to get something to work with. In any case, you need to get away from trying to do everything at once in a single comp. Creating most elements as separate pre-compositions and then using them will eliminate a lot of headache. E.g. you would create the various cross-sections as "clean", symmetrical shapes in the pre-comps and then in the parent comp apply effects tu push and squeeze them and adapt them to the curvature of the eyeball and incidentally also this way being able to animate e.g. pupil dilation or lens adaptation.



          • 2. Re: How to replicate an image through adobe after effects?
            blueboy90780 Level 1

            My apologies, however I do not understand 80% of what you are saying. You said that I should read up on mask modes and mattes, may I receive a link for it?


            Secondly, Would the technique you have stated work for an image? and I got really confused when you started to mention about "Assymetrical deformations".


            I'm sorry again but I am very new to adobe after effects. Perhaps you can explain your words in a more simple style?

            • 3. Re: How to replicate an image through adobe after effects?
              Szalam Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              If you're new to AE and what he's saying isn't making sense, you would greatly benefit from going through this first. AE is much too complicated to just try diving into it. It's not like Photoshop or Premiere Pro!