How to Make Someone Thin in After Effects

Adobe After Effects allows you to warp, squeeze and edit picture or video files. You can make slight adjustments to a person to make them appear thinner on screen. If you use just the right amount of editing, a few inches body can be squished together to make a person look skinny without looking it like a reflection from a carnival mirror. This process works in all "CS" versions of Adobe After Effects.

Step 1

Right-click in the project window and select "Import." Choose the video or image that you want to edit. Click "OK" to add it to the project.

Step 2

Drag and drop the media file into the "Layers" window. The media file will appear in the "Monitor" window.

Step 3

Scrub to the section of the video that you want to apply the effect to. If the file is a photo, skip this step.

Step 4

Click once on the layer to highlight it. Go to "Effect," "Distort" and select "Liquify." It will automatically apply the effect.

Step 5

Click on the "Effect Controls" tab at the top left corner of the screen. Select the upper right corner "Liquify" icon. It is a square with all four sides being pushed in.

Step 6

Expand the "Pucker Tool Options" to access the brush size. Adjust the brush size until it is a small circle that can get the little details of the body.

Step 7

Click in the "Monitor" window around the wait area to push it in. Stay close to the waist so the other areas of the media do not become affected.

Step 8

Apply extra strokes to thin out arms, legs and the face as needed. Do a little at a time so you can see how each click affects the small details.