Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding rays and glows, part of Motion Graphics for Video Editors: Creating Animated Logos (2014).
…A little bit of back light can go a long way.…By putting a virtual light behind the object or creating…the simulation of a lighting source, we can build some rays.…This is a popular technique for all sorts of…topics from science to science fiction, to just broadcast news.…things with a little bit of drama.…So lets experiment with some rays and glows.…We're going for classic sci-fi here.…I'll place the logo into the composition.…Remember, with the Place command, it's going to drop it in…as a smart object, and then you can easily adjust.…
Now, in classic situations here, like lots of video, we often have a…type on pattern effect, where we have a background sort of both light and dark.…And it becomes difficult to fully see things with definition.…One of the easiest ways to get around this, is to add the glow.…Now I'm going to start with the layer style, so I will choose to put an…outer glow on this, and what I want to do is sample the color from the backdrop.…So, I'll click here, gives me my sampler…tool, and I'm just going to choose this bright…
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- Acquiring logo files
- Understanding what file formats are supported
- Sizing a vector logo in Photoshop or Illustrator
- Saving a logo with transparency
- Importing a logo into After Effects
- Animating layers
- Extruding a logo in 3D
- Rendering the animation
- Creating cast reflections and cast shadows
- Filling a logo with a pattern
- Adding rays and glows