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Adobe After Effects: Making a real aperture

Chapter: Visual and Creative Effects

Topic: Simulation

Rick Gerard explores some methods of simulating a camera lens. In this tutorial, Rick uses Adobe Illustrator and Adobe After Effects to create the aperture. A mechanical aperture or iris is a marvel. Five to nine blades move in perfect synchronization to create a continuously variable opening. The trick to making one work is the shape of the blade and the position of the hinge points. I’m off to Illustrator to begin the design.

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