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Create Composite Effects That Look Real in Shake 4

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Normally, you can get 95 percent of a shot done very quickly. It's always that last 5 percent that takes the majority of the time and effort but makes the difference in whether the shot looks real. In this lesson, you'll learn how to make a drop shadow from scratch, create and edit keyframes to animate over time, create a vignette, add realistic glows, and match film grain.
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Lesson Files

APTS_Shake > Lessons > Lesson03

Media

robot_pt1.shk

lights.1-60#.iff

robot_final.1-60#.iff

Time

This lesson takes approximately 1 hour to complete.

Goals

Make a drop shadow from scratch

Create and edit keyframes to animate over time

Create a vignette, or soft fade

Add realistic glows and match film grain

Normally you can get 95 percent of a shot done very quickly. It’s always that last 5 percent that takes the majority of the time and effort but makes the difference in whether the shot looks real. In this lesson, which continues the robot composite, you will use keyframing to animate parameters as well as use masks to limit the effect of filters.

From Robot to Robzilla

Before we start this lesson, let’s have a little fun. It’s interesting how our mind can perceive an object totally differently based on perspective. You’ll see what I mean in a moment.

  1. Open Shake.
  2. Choose File > Open Script.
  3. Navigate to the Lesson02 folder and choose robot_pt1.shk, or select the script that you saved from the previous lesson, and click OK.

    Your script opens up in the Node workspace.

  4. Highlight the Brightness1 node and press I to ignore it.
  5. Select the Add1 node and choose Outside from the Layer tab.
    076fig02.jpg

    Outside places an image outside the mask of a second image. Only the mask of the second image is considered in the composite, and the color comes from the foreground image. Essentially, the mask of the second image cuts a hole in the first image.

  6. Connect Resize1 to the right input of Outside1.
  7. Double-click the Over2 node and click the Flipbook icon.

    Holy Toledo! The robot looks gigantic! The cute little robot has turned into a scary Robzilla.

OK, quit messing around.

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