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The Power of Templates: Photomotion, Must or Bust?

The Power of Templates: Photomotion, Must or Bust?


Wait. So, what is this?

Can’t I already do this? Haven’t I been enhancing and parallaxing photography for years within After Effects. Taking photography to the next level to be a more immersive and visually dynamic experience is an extremely popular demand. So what is this exactly and why in the world should I care?


Well for starters, it’s only $53.

Okay good, now you’re with me.  Seems like a very fair price tag.



 Ninja-style documentation.

No joke, the documentation is very impressive.  The comps inside of After Effects have been used to build somewhat of a website experience with clear instructions and step by step procedures.  Yes, that is the starting page.




But… I don’t need your help :/

No seriously that’s enough.  I really appreciate the work that was put into making this such a guided tour, but you are starting to annoy me with your limitations and your friendly-guidance.  After Effects is already an extremely powerful and seemingly boundless tool for this specific task, so why the handlebars and chinstraps man!?



Displacement Maps!

Ah, now I get it.  This is extremely cool and powerful to have these displacement maps inside of After Effects.  A few months back we worked on a logo animation for Prediction Productions.  They are the creators of the prime-time show “Best Time Ever” on NBC.  As we were working with them I noticed their opening graphics were so awesome.  Neil Patrick Harris’ face seemed to pop out at me and looks extremely 3D but also in a very subtle fashion, it was well done.



Sweet, 3D Elements? Text? Shadows!?

Well, yes.  But not too fast.  This should not read “Add 3D Element” it should read “Add a Single 3D Element” because in order to add more than a single element like I needed to in my scene, you’ll have to go deep into their hidden comps and redesign their scripts or add your own elements the ‘good old fashion way.’

Shadows are merely an extension to the 3D Text controller they have setup.  I would really value this plugin more if it had a lot more dynamic control rather than fakery within the effects and control of their 3D Element Settings.  I had to do most of the compositing of the flags myself and just use their 3D Element controller as a guide to find the position.

I will do a tutorial in the near future explaining how to dig a little deeper within the Photomotion Scenes in order to squeeze the most power out of them as possible.



It’s worth every penny.

All of my petty complaining aside…yes, the ability to have displacement maps and the simplicity that this powerful plugin provides is honestly worth every penny, especially if you plan on making a lot of these photo-manipulations.  Just like any other plugin or application though, this does require a little getting used to.  It’s a lot different than the regular After Effects way of doing things.


Final Result.

In the end I can’t say it’s a bust, however it’s also definitely not a must unless your project calls specifically for the use of displacement maps.

Here is a sample of the final result to make this photo really come to life.

I forgot to mention that it includes a fancy little package of light leaks, particle effects and a lot of other misc. overlay fun-fun stuff.  That alone is most likely worth the $53 price-tag :p


Photomotion can be found on videohive or their promo website below: