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Chapter 7. Rotoscoping and Paint

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It’s a small world, but I wouldn’t want to paint it.

—Steven Wright

Effective rotoscoping has always been about combining a variety of techniques, and Roto Brush is, in After Effects CS5, a novel addition to the conventional bag of tricks. Rotoscoping (or roto) is simply the process of adjusting a shot frame by frame (generally with the use of masks, introduced in Chapter 3). Cloning and filling using paint tools are variations on this task.

After Effects is not exactly famed as a bread-and-butter rotoscoping tool, yet many artists use it effectively for just that purpose. Combine paint and roto with tracking ...

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