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Marc Nibor
compositing footage on top of fabric - how to keep texture and wrinkles
on Mar 23, 2015 at 3:28:40 pm

I have some footage of a piece of cloth that is like a canvas on a wall. The cloth hast some wrinkles and a bit of texture.

I need to composite some footage on top of the cloth so that it looks like it's printed on the cloth. the details of the cloth need to stay. (shadows, wrinkles, texture)

I have done some stuff like this many years ago on stills in PS
and thought it would be a no brainer. apply displacement and play with the blending modes.... but it doesn't look right at all.
I guess I do something wrong. I have looked for some tutorials since this is a very common effect, but somehow didn't find what i was looking for. Only found a ton for PS - but that doesn't help.

Can someone please point me in the right direction?



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Dave LaRonde
Re: compositing footage on top of fabric - how to keep texture and wrinkles
on Mar 23, 2015 at 4:04:10 pm

Based on available information, I'd try precomping the footage, applying Mesh Warp to the precomp, and using one of AE's blend modes. It should work.

If it doesn't, we'll need additional details of precisely what you're doing.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Michael Szalapski
Re: compositing footage on top of fabric - how to keep texture and wrinkles
on Mar 23, 2015 at 5:30:00 pm

I'm with Dave. Just saying that it "doesn't look right" isn't going to help us get you to the next step. Showing us how it looks, on the other hand, might help a lot.

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Marc Nibor
Re: compositing footage on top of fabric - how to keep texture and wrinkles
on Mar 23, 2015 at 7:13:24 pm

sorry, my description war indeed quite vague!

While I was preparing the screenshot I already solved half of the problem. The displacement works now as intended. I accidentally used the wrong source layer before.

But I still got the problem with the blending. To keep it simple I just used two identical text layers the upper one has no blending mode applied. the one at the bottom uses "overlay" blending mode and has the displacement already applied.

The problem is that the colors are way too washed out.
I want to keep the original colors as close as possible to the original and at the same time I want to see the wrinkles (light and shadow) and the noise of the original image below.
I hope the description was better this time.

If there's still something unclear please let me know.



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Michael Szalapski
Re: compositing footage on top of fabric - how to keep texture and wrinkles
on Mar 23, 2015 at 7:43:53 pm

You might try duplicating it.
If I were in your situation, I would go through all the blend modes until I found one that was the closest to what I wanted. I would then experiment with various opacity levels and, possibly duplicate layers to make it more prominent.

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Marc Nibor
Re: compositing footage on top of fabric - how to keep texture and wrinkles
on Mar 23, 2015 at 8:35:02 pm
Last Edited By Marc Nibor on Mar 24, 2015 at 9:19:24 am

EDIT:

I got it.
Started all over again and finally found the correct blending Mode - "Multiply"

Thank you Michael!


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