Tutorial 4 | C4D to PSD – Part 2


This tutorial is really only about 10 minutes long, but it’s a 2 part awesome tutorial because not only do we get to make our PSD files, but if you watch past 10 minutes, you learn how to import your completed PSD files into AE so you don’t have to rebuild anything! How cool is that? Click the picture below to start watching the tutorial.

The first thing you’ll learn is that the LARGER file or multi-pass file is the file you want to import into Photoshop. Now photoshop uses masks to create a layer’s alpha channel, so if you import this in and see black areas where transparency should exist, relax. It’s there, just a little harder to find. Click on the layer you want to make transparent, and then in select, choose load selection. Inside there, you will have a dropdown selection list that shows all of the alpha channels. You can select one, or combine multiple. Afterwards, just click the mask button and your layer should be masked properly.

Once you add in the transparency channels, now you can go crazy. Add color channels, gradients, particles, text, lens flares and anything else you can think of. This is the essence of storyboarding and how cool is it that you can give a client or your boss a complete 3D piece without having to render all these frames and they can see what the finished product will look like in a very short period of time.

But wait, there’s more. Since we did the PSD, I also promised that this would be easy to turn into an AE file. When you import into After Effects, make sure you don’t import as footage but rather as a composition. Then import your 3D footage that you rendered, and start combining layer by layer. It’s a whole lot easier just dumping layers together and in the end, it’s better because your client will receive exactly what you promised in the storyboards.

A final note, if you render out an RPF sequence as in the shot near the 22 minute mark, you can also apply your depth matte fields in post so if you do need to make some adjustments like I did, they can be done without re-rendering your entire composition.

As a special bonus, I am attaching the PSD files as well. I did have to shrink them from 720p to 864 x 486, but it’s still a 16:9 screen format. Either select Shot 1, Shot 2, or Shot 3 here. Good luck and have fun!


  1. 25 June 11, 8:37pm

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    19 June 11, 9:22am

    what was the purpose of this post? this is an art site .of course photos are going to be manipulated…

  3. 15 May 11, 2:46am

    Hey, that’s the greastet! So with ll this brain power AWHFY?

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