Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Adjustment layers, part of After Effects: Extended Vignette Techniques.
A really fun technique is to use Adjustment layers.…Adjustment layers are a feature brought from Photoshop into After Effects. They…basically use a combination of transparency and effects to treat all the layers…underneath the Adjustment layer.…Again, I have a project very similar to what we worked in, in the last chapter,…a black solid with a mask creating a darkening vignette around this girl,…but rather than that black color, what I'm really interested in is it's…transparency. I'm going to Solo it, hit the Transparency switch.…
What this pattern shows me is the areas that'll be affected and unaffected by…any effects I apply to this Adjustment layer.…I'll turn the Solo switch off.…To make this into an Adjustment layer, I need to open up the Switches column, so…I'm going to Toggle Switches modes. F4 is the shortcut.…See this half-moon icon? If you turn that switch on for any layer, it converts…it into an Adjustment layer.…Initially, it'll seem like it has no effect.…To see a change, you need to actually apply an effect to this Adjustment layer.…
Vignetting is a classic photography technique involving darkening areas of an image in order to focus the viewer’s attention on a desired point of interest. In After Effects: Extended Vignette Techniques, Chris Meyer shows how vignettes can also be leveraged in video. Multiple applications are demonstrated, including framing a subject better, fixing a poorly composed shot, giving a vintage feel, creating "quiet areas" to overlay text and other graphics, and blending an image over a new background. Vignettes can be created using masking, shape layers, and gradients. This course also includes advanced techniques unique to After Effects, using the CC Circle effect and 3D lights, and employing motion stabilization to center the desired action within the vignette. Exercise files accompany the course.
- Vignetting with feathered masks, gradients, or paint
- Blending layers with masks and paint
- Lighting in 3D
- Using motion stabilization
- Using blending modes and adjustment layers