On Artbeats.com: Blending Ideas

Extending standard vignette techniques to introduce new treatments to your footage.

In our previous article on vignettes on Artbeats.com, we discussed ways to mask or matte a black layer to create a falloff in brightness across a piece of underlying footage. The same basic techniques used to create that matte may also be used to treat footage in more creative ways, including the use of blending modes, adjustments layers, effects, and compositing a clip over a different background shot. Ideas are presented using both Adobe After Effects and Apple Motion.

Click here to download the PDF of “Blending Ideas” from Arbeats.com.

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Chris and Trish Meyer

Chris & Trish Meyer founded Crish Design (formerly known as CyberMotion) in the very earliest days of the desktop motion graphics industry. Their design and animation work has appeared on shows and promos for CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, HBO, PBS, and TLC; in opening titles for several movies including Cold Mountain and The Talented Mr. Ripley; at trade shows and press events for corporate clients ranging from Apple to Xerox; and in special venues encompassing IMAX, CircleVision, the NBC AstroVision sign in Times Square, and the four-block-long Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas. They were among the original users of CoSA (now Adobe) After Effects, and have written the numerous books including “Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects” and “After Effects Apprentice” both published by Focal Press. Both Chris and Trish have backgrounds as musicians, and are currently fascinated with exploring fine art and mixed media in addition to their normal commercial design work. They have recently relocated from Los Angeles to the mountains near Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico.