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Nick Mars
Animating Silhouetted Hair
on Jul 19, 2017 at 4:01:25 am
Last Edited By Nick Mars on Jul 19, 2017 at 4:17:33 am

Hello,

So I apologize for my first post on this forum being a question, but I've only recently begun using After Effects, and since I edit on Avid its kind of like entering a whole new world as well. So I've had success teaching myself what I've needed to know so far (Particles are fun) but my current task has me stumped. I have a photo, similar to the one attached (can't use the exact one for confidentiality purposes), and I'm trying to animate the hair. Since its a silhouette I feel as though a basic animation should be possible. All I'm trying to do is create some type of appearance that the hair is blowing in the wind. It doesn't have to be perfectly fancy, just good enough to add movement to the still image and play for 20 seconds or so.



Thank you in advance for any help.

Nick

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Jim Scott
Re: Animating Silhouetted Hair
on Jul 19, 2017 at 3:08:26 pm
Last Edited By Jim Scott on Jul 19, 2017 at 3:13:43 pm

One method would be to use the Mesh Warp effect. Apply it to the hair layer and set keyframes for the distortion mesh by dragging the points of the mesh to different positions over time so as to impart motion to the hair.

You will need to first separate your photo into layers so as to be able to apply the effect to just the hair layer and not distort the background.



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John Cuevas
Re: Animating Silhouetted Hair
on Jul 21, 2017 at 3:27:12 pm

Puppet tool would work. You may want to look up some tutorials first, it's not exactly super intuitive.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
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Ocean Byrne
Re: Animating Silhouetted Hair
on Jul 22, 2017 at 12:39:40 am

You can probably get away with a Turbulent Displace on the hair.

You'll have to make a separate layer that just has the hair. Draw a mask around the hair, then duplicate the layer and inverse the mask for the body Probably need to shift this mask some so there is overlap on the scalp.

Then apply Distort>Turbulent Displace to the Hair layer, create an evolution keyframe, go later in time and create a new evo keyframe with a higher number, then play with the size and amount to get what you need.

You could combine this with other peoples suggestions if you wanted to get all fancy...


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Ocean Byrne
Re: Animating Silhouetted Hair
on Jul 22, 2017 at 3:28:51 am

Come to think of it, a better approach might be to put the Turbulent Displace on an adjustment layer, and then draw a feathered mask on it over the hair...


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Nick Mars
Re: Animating Silhouetted Hair
on Sep 8, 2017 at 10:00:56 pm

Thanks everyone for the responses. I ended up trying the various solutions, but I'm pretty new to AE and ran into a time crunch. So I ended up going with the original suggestion of mesh warp. It required a good bit of keyframing to try and recreate a natural kind of flow, but it did the job well enough.

Thanks everyone!

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