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Austin SteeleHow to highlight the foreground and darken the background?
by on Dec 6, 2009 at 2:08:10 pm

I'm a bit of an AE noobie so I'm looking for a tutorial preferably.

I have a bunch of photos and want to do the effect where you highlight the subject (a person) and darken the background. Its common in a lot of trailers or opening credits.

There's often some 3D motion involved to give it a cool look. Any links? Thanks!

Something like this (but not black):





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Todd KoprivaRe: How to highlight the foreground and darken the background?
by on Dec 6, 2009 at 8:59:27 pm

To isolate the foreground from the background in a movie that wasn't shot against against a solid-color background, you'll probably need to do some rotoscoping---drawing and animating masks to define the foreground objects. Then you can use those masks in a number of ways. To apply a color correction to the foreground but not the background, you can use the masks on an adjustment layer and have the color correction effects on the adjustment layer.

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Michael SzalapskiRe: How to highlight the foreground and darken the background?
by on Dec 7, 2009 at 12:47:05 am

For how to get that 3d notion do a search on The Kid Stays In The Picture.

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