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Grass is Always Greener

The solution ? After Effects By Stephen Schleicher

Oh the joys of lawn care.  No matter how you cut, fertilize, aerate, and more, your neighbors grass is always greener.  Extract revenge with After Effects and some color correction.

This tutorial actually kicks off a much larger series that will ultimately end in the following movie.

In this lesson, we will tackle the issue of sprucing up the lawn taking the dry buffalo grass, and turning it into a lush fescue. 

Here is our original shot

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Step 1:  Launch After Effects and import the image.  Drag the image from the Project Panel to the Create New Comp icon.  This will create a composition that is the same size as the source footage.

Step 2:  Duplicate the House layer.  With the duplicate layer selected, press the Enter key and rename the layer ?Grass Layer.

Step 3:  Select the Pen Tool, and on the upper layer, create a mask on the lawn.

Step 4:  It would be nice to even out the lawn, especially in the transition area between the lawn next door.  Select the Clone Stamp Tool, and with the Timeline Indicator at the beginning of the Timeline, sample a region of full grass and clone it into the damaged area.


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