Now for some distance fog. Go back to Active Camera view, create a new solid (RGB: 227, 227, 227), place it over the camera in the timeline, and set the following opacity keyframes: At 0:00:00:00 set it to 75 per cent, at 0:00:03:00 set it to 60 per cent and at the last frame, set it to 10 per cent.
Last step is some colour correction to get rid of the Google Earth-ish colour palette. Create a new Adjustment layer, and place it on top of all layers. Set its opacity to 100 per cent at 0:00:03:00 and 25 per cent at the last frame.
Apply the following effects: Levels, Color Balance and Brightness & Contrast and set these values: Levels: RGB Channel: Input Black: 80. Red Channel: Input Black: 25. Green Channel: Input Black: 8. Blue Channel: Input Black: 20 Color Balance: Shadow Red Balance: -10 Shadow Green Balance: -5 Brightness & Contrast: Brightness: -15 Contrast: 25.
Now enable Motion Blur for all layers (besides the top two), enable global Motion Blur too, and you’re done!
Motion Blur is essential for a project like this, but its use early on can prove a resources hog. If you are planning on using Motion Blur, then ensure that you apply it as late as possible in the project to speed production.
WHO: Stelios Nikolaou is a 22 year-old motion designer from Cyprus, living and working in Athens. He started experimenting with animation at age 12. He’s currently building a tutorials section on his site. Check it out.
SOFTWARE: After Effects
TIME TO COMPLETE: 45 minutes
DOWNLOAD FILES: All files for this tutorial can be downloaded here.