How to Make Raindrops & Rack Focus FX in After Effects
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How to Make Raindrops & Rack Focus FX in After Effects

Create realistic particle rain drops in a scene with camera blur effect using Adobe After Effects
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Created by Nathan Entrekin
Last updated 5/2017
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 5 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create realistic rain drop effects
  • Create a camera rack focus-and-blur effect
  • Create a dynamic background title
  • Produce a cinematic rain scene using HD footage
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Requirements
  • Adobe After Effects CS 5 or newer (demo version available at Adobe's website)
  • Basic knowledge of After Effects interface
  • PC or Mac computer
Description

Welcome to MotionAce – Digital Arts and Online Learning!

 

Have you ever looked out a window on a rainy day and thought to yourself, “Wow, it would sure be fantastic to reproduce this in Adobe After Effects?”  Well, you’ve come to the right course!  Inside the intermediate-level curriculum of this fun and exciting project, you’ll learn how to produce realistic raindrops in a cinematic scene with a dynamic camera blur effect.  You’ll receive expert instruction by an experienced motion graphics artist while developing your own unique creative and technical skills.  You’ll discover the methods and practices of fine video production workmanship while learning essentials of the After Effects software program.  You’ll receive tips of the motion graphics trade all along the way in this course.  Best of all, you’ll have a keen understanding of what it takes to create real-world raindrop and camera blur-and-focus effects in any HD scene using professional-grade tools.

 

You’ll be able to master principles and techniques, such as:

 

  • Scene aesthetics
  • Particle effects and parameters
  • Procedural effects
  • Color correction
  • Compositing
  • Alpha layers
  • Light refraction
  • Rain surface dynamics
  • Title effects
  • Cinematic principles
  • Camera rack focus

 

Taught using Adobe After Effects CS5.5 for PC.  No additional third-party plugins needed.  Clouds not included.

 

Come on in!  The water is fine.  See you in the course!

Who is the target audience?
  • Video producers seeking to produce new visual effects in After Effects
  • Intermediate users (or strong beginners)
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction
1 Lecture 01:44

After completing this lecture, you will be able to set up key parameters in the scene, import HD footage file(s), and customize your preview resolution in Adobe After Effects.

Preview 01:44
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Creating the Rain Droplets & Streaks
5 Lectures 21:28

Making the Water Droplets - Part 2
03:50


Making the Water Streaks - Part 2
04:19

Making the Water Streaks - Part 3
03:37
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Creating the Rain Surface
2 Lectures 06:40
Rain FX on a Glass Surface - Part 1
03:27

Rain FX on a Glass Surface - Part 2
03:13
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Refining the Rain "Look"
3 Lectures 05:36
Rack Focus Blur FX Setup
01:46

Drip Assimilation Effect
01:42

Refining the Rain and Surface
02:08
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Creating a Title & Finalizing the Rack Focus Effect
2 Lectures 08:17
Making a Dynamic Title
04:24

Finalizing the Rack Focus
03:53
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All finished!
1 Lecture 01:00
Conclusion
01:00
About the Instructor
Nathan Entrekin
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MotionAce

I am an experienced motion graphics and 3D animation artist.  My visual arts skills and background have been sustained by my sole proprietorship and production partnerships, with clients ranging from corporate businesses to personal projects.  Since I love helping others attain their learning goals, I pursued and received an advanced degree involving instructional design and project management.

EDUCATION

BFA Digital Arts, University of Arizona - 2001

MEd Educational Technology, Northern Arizona University - 2012

Fusing both disciplines of design, graphic and instructional, I'm able to deliver aesthetic visual products and research-driven curriculum for both my students and my clients.

My side hobbies include reading, learning new techniques and styles in 2D/3D animation, watching documentaries, composing music, and driving to unknown parts of my state and taking photos of strange things.