Chapter 7. Rotoscoping and Paint

Rotoscoping and Paint

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

 --Steven Wright

Rotoscoping is something many artists strive to avoid, yet denial can be costly; although usually quicker and easier, procedural solutions can bog down. Adding roto into the mix solves the problem straightforwardly. Rotoscoping (or roto) is simply the process of adjusting a shot frame by frame, generally using masks. Cloning and filling using paint tools are variations on this task.

After Effects is not famed as a rotoscoping tool, but the truth is that there is a lot of ignorance as to how to use it most effectively for this purpose. Not only can ...

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