“Alien Sun” Tutorial

Desert Motion: https://vimeo.com/18481489
Cloud Fly Through: https://vimeo.com/41098710

Follow along as we turn a still photo of a blown-glass bulb into an alien sun animation.

The clip was created using a decorative, glass jar lid, a Canon T2i, Photoshop CS5 & CS6 (Extended), Motion, and Sketch-Up. While we used a glass bulb for this project, a number of various objects, from a close-up of a textured, stone drinking coaster to the surface of a crusty, French baguette could have been used. Ingenuity is key in the selection of your textures.

One of the goals of this project was to create as much of it as possible without leaving Photoshop Extended. (Using PS “Extended” is key, as far as being able to animate 3D objects.) Yes, it would have been easier to use particle emitters in Motion or After Effects, but again the goal was to stay in Photoshop as much as possible. The only thing that was actually animated in Motion was the L. to R. panning of the background plate, because I wanted an ease-in, ease-out motion. (To the best of my knowledge, that is not an option with keyframes in Photoshop.)

Enjoy the tutorial and then go create something fun!

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