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After Effects: Adding Lighting Effects in Post demonstrates how to use virtually any version of After Effects to easily add animated lighting effects to existing footage. Going beyond basic techniques, Chris Meyer shares his personal experience and uses many examples to teach the best way to select and fine-tune lighting clips to enhance a variety of underlying shots. He presents techniques for subtle enhancements that will help hold the viewer's attention while adding production value to virtually any shot. Chris also discusses how to create lighting clips from scratch, either with a camera or by using Fractal Noise.
Finally, let's talk about blurring the lighting layers. Now here is our trumpet player again and you may remember that we had an example where we applied this nice wispy lighting effect on top of it. It had a diagonal orientation just like the underlying footage, so it's a good match there. But if anything it's just too bright, it's too sharp, and it's distracting me from looking at the trumpet player. Again, these background lighting effects are not supposed to be the hero; they are supposed to be an enhancement. So I'll pick my lighting layer and apply Effect > Blur & Sharpen. I can apply Box Blur which is very flexible or just a very quick Fast Blur. A little bit of blurring out here and now you see that it's much more wispy and does not dominate the scene nearly as much.
I will go ahead and reduce its Opacity to reduce the effect. RAM Preview and now I have got lighting playing across the trumpet playing and his face. If this is too strong, there is other modes to play around with. Screen mode has a less of an impact than Add mode. And I really like using Color Dodge mode myself. Crank up the Intensity. Rather than adding pure brightness, it adds more intensity to the colors. Before and after. Now when I RAM Preview, the light played across his face is a lot less obvious but does add some nice animation and some nice color to this scene.
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