3 Replies Latest reply on Feb 13, 2012 6:36 AM by excelsior7

    How did he do this?


      http://photoshoptv.org/video/A0YiAQxoKcQ/HELICOPTERS-IN-ADOBE-AFTER-EFFECTS-Final-Effect.h tml


      For the life of me I can't figure out how to create the animation of the blades turning on this still photo - the shake and debris is easy. Can anybody hook me up with a step by step?

        • 1. Re: How did he do this?
          Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          It's a combination of a 3d layer for the main rotor, a 3D layer for the tail rotor, and a still with the helicopter body masked out as another 3D layer, and a background layer. You create the blades, rotate them so they match the perspective of the original photo, spin them with motion blur, then add a camera and put in a little camera movement. It's not that hard if you think in layers and 3D.


          Taking one more look it looks like there were also 3D layers created and spun for the rotor mast for the first helicopter. Do a Google search for "The Kid stays in the picture tutorial" It's the same idea with replaced moving parts. Take a look at this. Do a little research on 2.5D animation.

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          • 2. Re: How did he do this?
            Todd_Kopriva Level 8

            Rick has given you good advice, but here's a thought: You could ask in the comments of the video that you are asking about, so the creator has a chance to tell you himself how he did it.

            • 3. Re: How did he do this?
              excelsior7 Level 1

              Thanks, I did do that before I posted here