Parallax Test

We recently covered how to use Adobe After Effects, after having first discussed photo bashing (Creating concept art using an amalgamation of edited photos) and kit bashing (A similar technique used in 2-D concept art). Using a background from another animation, I created a scene in which the camera slowly zooms into a shot, setting Position and Scale keys during which I would set the movements/zoom of the camera. Cutting superfluous footage left over, I chose to add a rain effect to the footage, using built-in Simulation effects.

Our next task was to create a background which included parallax scrolling. This was achieved by drawing segments of the background in Photoshop, before adding parallax scrolling with the Offset tool. Next, I moved the background into After Effects, in which I could make the background segments scroll across the screen endlessly. One problem I encountered, however, was that the background was flattened in After Effects, meaning I could only move them as one. This type of background scrolling reminds me of classic Scooby Doo, produced by Hanna-Barbera. Before this tutorial, I had never used After Effects before, and also ended up rendering for the first time in Adobe Media Encoder. I learned how to set weather effects and movements in After Effects, how to render in Media Encoder, and how to produce parallax effects in Photoshop, which has made me feel more confident about using these programs.

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