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Adobe® After Effects® 6.5: Studio Techniques by Mark Christiansen

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Chapter 13. Air, Water, Smoke, and Clouds

Air, Water, Smoke, and Clouds
 

Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

 
 --Oscar Wilde
 

Yes, yes, let's talk about the weather.

 
 --W. S. Gilbert, The Pirates of Penzance, or, The Slave of Duty

Even if you're never called upon to re-create the extreme weather events depicted in The Day After Tomorrow, climate conditions along with natural elements of water and wind are a constant in dramatic storylines. You may need to re-create these effects from scratch, or you may be called upon to subtly tweak what's already in the shot.

This chapter will give you some pointers on creating such natural elements as particulate ...

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