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Creative Splash

Original Still Image

Watch this still photo brought to life. Read the PicDrift breakdown below to see how it was made.

PHOTO CREDIT: 4 Seasons Outdoor

Instagram: @4so_furniture

PicDrift Artist Breakdown:

This project was a bit different from the others we're used to working on. It was one in the series of photographs promoting outdoor furniture, in this case the chair.

The one thing that stood out was the frozen in time water splash, which gave us the chance to make this animation interesting.

The hardest part of the Photoshop side of work was to try to extract as much of the tiny water droplets as we could. We've used several selection methods, depending on the size of the droplets: clarity and contrast. Then we had to clone the missing parts of the image and recreate the left part of the chair covered by the water splash.

After we imported the files in After Effects and created a 3D scene, we had to decide on the camera move. But, the diagonal straight line on the floor was limiting our options. If we moved the camera left to right and vice versa, we would be creating a more visible parallax effect, but the line in the floor would be broken. So, we had to do a zoom in or a zoom out, which maintains the perspective, so the line stays unbroken but the parallax is less visible.

To give this animation some extra movement, We've animated the water splash, making it look and feel more like liquid. Also, we created custom water droplets, which were imported in 3D particle system and spread them out in 3D space. All to make the animation more eye catching.

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