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Sometimes, our lighting layers are just too sharp and they're fighting to become the center of attention. This shot, nice, strong, diagonal composition. The trumpet should be the center of attention. Potential lighting layer, nice, strong, diagonal composition. However, when I add it on top, the sharp lines of that lighting layer are distracting me from the real focal point, the trumpet. Particularly, when I add in the animation, I'm looking at the surface. I'm not looking the underlying footage anymore and that's a problem.
Well, it's simple. Just go ahead and select the layer and apply some form of blur. Effect > Blur. Lots of Blur to choose from. Gaussian Blur is a good starting point. Now you see where we're starting to blow out that layer. I blow it out even more, make it more amorphous. If I need to, I can back off the strength of the lighting layer to where it's just some hints going across the face or try another mode. I like Color Dodge sort of effect. Crank it up and now you see that I have just some faint light playing across his face, playing across his neck, playing across the hand, playing across the trumpet, enhancing the scene rather than distracting me.
And all it took was a little bit of blur to go ahead and pull the focus away from my lighting layer and put it back on the true center of attention, the trumpet player in this scene.
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