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How to Remove Eye Bags and Dark Circles in After Effects Using Motion Tracking and Rotoscoping


  1. Drag video clip with eye bags and dark circles to the new composition button to create a new composition.
  2. Double-click the clip layer on the timeline.
  3. Press H to activate the Hand tool.
  4. Position the image in the monitor, so we can see the eyes well.
  5. Motion Tracking…
  6. Go to the main menu, and select Window > Tracker to open the Tracker panel.
  7. In the timeline, drag the playhead to the start of the clip.
  8. Inside Tracker panel, click Track Motion button.
  9. Inside the preview monitor, drag the track point to the eye.
  10. Expand the outer box (search region) to the whole eye and eye bag.
  11. Expand the inner box (feature region) to include all of the eye pupil.
  12. The plus in the centre is the Attach point.
  13. Inside the tracker panel, click the play button (analyse forward).
  14. Observe and wait for the analysis progress.
  15. Go to main menu, and select Layer > Solid to create an adjustment layer.
  16. In the Solid Settings window, make a white solid layer about 200x200 px. Click OK.
  17. In the Tracker panel, click Edit Target.
  18. In the Motion Tracker window, choose Layer: White Solid. Click OK.
  19. In the Tracker panel, click Apply.
  20. In the Motion Tracker Apply option window, choose Apply Dimensions: X and Y. Click OK.
  21. Press H to activate Hand tool.
  22. Position the image in the preview monitor so we can see clearly.
  23. In the timeline, drag the playhead back to the beginning.
  24. In the timeline, select both the White Solid layer and the clip layer by pressing shift and clicking.
  25. Press U to expose all keyframes.
  26. Rotoscoping…
  27. In the timeline, turn off the visibility (eye icon) of the White Solid layer.
  28. Turn on the lock in the video clip layer to lock it while we draw a mask on the white layer.
  29. Select the White Solid layer on the timeline.
  30. In the Toolbar, double-click on the polygon  mask tool.
  31. In the monitor draw mask mask. Position and resize it. Leave enough room for feathering.
  32. Press alt+shift+M to set keyframe for the mask path property.
  33. In the timeline, drag the playhead to the end of the layer. To set the extreme end of the rotoscope.
  34. In the monitor, correct the position and size of the mask at the extreme end.
  35. In the timeline, move the playhead and observe the monitor where the mask is misaligned.
  36. Adjust to align the mask at misaligned frames. Repeat till done.
  37. In the timeline, make the White Solid layer an adjustment layer (yin yang icon).
  38. Turn on the visibility of the White Solid layer.
  39. In the Effects panel, drag Gaussian Blur and Shadow/Highlights to the adjustment layer.
  40. Go to the main menu, and select View > Show Layer Controls to turn of the keyframes view in the monitor.
  41. Go to the Effects Control panel and adjust the effect.
  42. In the timeline, increase the mask feather to soften the edge of the mask.
  43. Playback to preview.
  44. Repeat steps for the other eye.
Adrian Lee

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