How to Composite Large Scale Explosions | After Effects | ActionVFX

How to Composite Large Scale Explosions | After Effects

How to Composite Large Scale Explosions | After Effects

Learn how to composite ActionVFX Explosions into your bright, sun-filled scene.

Now that we’ve gone over creating mattes, we can tackle the real fun - Explosions! This week we will place several of our Explosions Vol. 2 Elements in a scene and blend them against a bright, sunny background.

Download the background plate here and follow along as I composite some elements from the Explosions Vol. 2 Collection into this scene.

This After Effects Tutorial Focuses On:

  • Setting up back-to-back explosions within a shot
  • Color matching shadows in your VFX to the shadows in the background plate
  • Slightly lowering VFX quality when it’s a higher resolution than the scene footage
  • Adding light wrap to blend against a blue sky
  • Creating interaction between the explosions
  • Using shift channels instead of blending modes
  • Placing smoke, dust, and shock waves for final, realistic touches
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and were able to discover new ways to better composite our stock footage into your projects.

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