View Full Version : How could i reverse this watch face in After Effects without reversing the whole shot

john threat
12-10-2012, 06:20 PM
I have this shot of a watch that I had to reverse, but i'd like the watch to face the other way. Any one have some ideas how I could go about isolating this face and reversing it and match the watch moves?

Mike Warren
12-10-2012, 07:13 PM
Do you mean something like this? (very rough)


There are several ways to do it, but the greatest problem is that the shadows will be wrong. I'd be inclined to create a new watch face and animate it, but it would be a lot of work.

12-10-2012, 07:22 PM
Can you get that watch or something similar? Reshooting is going to be a lot easier and better looking than anything you can do in post. You can mask it and get a similar result to the above, but like Mike pointed out the shadows won't match. And if it's a shot in motion you would have to make sure your mask holds up perfectly, which will be hard when the watch in the bottom layer moves in the opposite direction of your reversed layer. Doable, but probably not worth the effort.