Adobe After Effects Clone Tutorial

User avatarJanuary 14, 2012 by Surfaced Studio

I love creating short films and visual effects, but admittedly it always takes me forever to get the next project completed. Since I somehow enjoy teaching people new things, I have decided to start creating visual effect tutorial videos on my SurfacedStudio YouTube channel as well

I don't consider myself an expert and I often learn tons of new things myself when I'm creating these tutorials, but today I have a very simple visual effect tutorial for all of you: how to create a clone!

How to Clone Yourself - Visual Effects 101

Tips & Tricks

It's easy to create clones of yourself as long as you do not overlap or interact with yourself, but what if you want to? What if you want to hand a package from one clone to the next or have an army of them come up and gather around a table where there is not enough space for all of them to stand side by side? In this case, you have to be a bit smarter about your visual effect!

Overlapping with yourself

Green screening will allow you to (fairly) easily overlap yourself with your clones without having to manually rotoscope them. By using a green screen you end up with footage of your clone on a transparent background and it will be easy to place them in the scene. Incidentally, my next YouTube tutorial will be on green screening hehe

Interacting with yourself

This is a tricky one and you will most likely need another person for this. Let's say you want to hand a package from one clone to the other. As clone 1, act out the scene until the moment you pass on the package. Have someone else take the package from you and pretend to be your clone. Then, have that person pretend to be clone 1 while you act out the part of clone 2, who is receiving the package.

The difficult part will be to ensure the package is in the same position/angle when you hand it over to your clone so you can cut together the footage without any obvious cuts. It is tricky but can be done, I have often seen CG employed as well to 'smooth' over the moment of interaction.

Either way, I hope you have fun with the cloning visual effect! There is a lot of great things you can do with it and you sometimes never know whether something will work until you try it!

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dynal fernandes
5 Years Ago
January 21, 2014 @ 6:21 pm

indeed a gud one again from u

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Rana Ahsan
4 Years Ago
September 13, 2014 @ 12:57 pm

your clone video

the end of the part how you do it

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Surfaced Studio@ Rana Ahsan
4 Years Ago
September 13, 2014 @ 3:51 pm

Simple green screening

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monesh@ Rana Ahsan
4 Years Ago
December 14, 2014 @ 6:48 pm

the last part is green screen r8??

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4 Years Ago
December 21, 2014 @ 2:36 pm

Yes, it's just a simple green screen effect

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Amrit Singh
4 Years Ago
January 10, 2015 @ 12:06 pm

What is the name of software

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Surfaced Studio@ Amrit Singh
4 Years Ago
January 11, 2015 @ 13:22 am

I use Adobe After Effects

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sepehr
3 Years Ago
December 23, 2015 @ 21:27 am

hi where can I download your file if I want train alone?

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Dbless
3 Years Ago
February 14, 2016 @ 11:44 pm

Nice tutorial

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