In this video, learn how to work with Art Looks and Stylize Effects and how to combine multiple effects to create more complex results.
- [Instructor] We've taken a look at some of the After Effects preferences, and also the common controls available to Boris Continuum FX. Now we're ready to apply Boris Continuum FX, and create some more complex results. When we look at the list of Boris Continuum effects either through the Effects and Presets panel, or the effect menu, you can see there's quite a few of them. We're going to start with the Art Looks category, and this includes effects that replicate traditional media, such as pencil or charcoal, and also the Stylize category.
And these effects create some very unique results you don't see anywhere else. One cool thing about effects in general, whether they are available as standard After Effects effects or as Boris Continuum effects, is the fact that you can combine them on a single layer to create much more complex results, and get a unique look that a single effect cannot give you. We're going to give that a try here. For example let's say we wanted to take high definition footage, and make it look like it was shot with a much cruder or older video camera.
We can combine a few effects. Let's give it a try. We'll go to the project panel, in this new project, right mouse button click, go to import, file, this time I'll go to the 01_Stylistic folder, footage, hostess, and select the first frame of the hostess image sequence. I'll drag that into the timeline to create a new composition, and here we go. Here's a hostess talking in front of a porch or window. Now I want to mention that I have my adaptive resolution turned off. Normally when this is on you'll see a pixelated version as you scrub the timeline, I'll leave mine off so you can see what I'm doing more clearly.
Alright, let's get started with this. With this layer selected, we're going to start with art looks. Effect, art looks, and I'll choose the watercolor effect. This creates a limited number of colors, and a line between those colors. I'll zoom in so you can see. What I want here is the simplified colors, but I don't really want the cartoon look. So the first thing I'll do is turn off the lines, turn off lines on. I want to blend those simplified colors in with the original, I don't want this harsh transition. So first thing I could do is try to soften.
Now soften just actually controls the complexity of the edges. I'll go ahead and put that up to one hundred. If I really want to blend this, I have to adjust the cartoon mix and paint mix, how those elements are mixed in with the original. I'll lower cartoon mix first, let's try 25, and now you see its better blended. I'm also going to reduce the paint mix, 25. When I reduce that, it becomes brighter, it becomes a little bit blurry, and that's great. Doesn't look so much like watercolor, but looks like I have a pure number of colors, that are very softly blended in, and makes it look like the video is shot with a cruder video camera, not so sensitive.
Let's add another effect, let's say that the lens used to shoot this was just not very good, and actually led to some color separation. I'm going to go to effect, stylize, prism. And the prism effect will actually separate the red green and blue towards the edges, creating a chromatic aberration look. Let me zoom in again, it's a bit subtle at the start, but if I adjust my starting depth, you'll see how the effect works. If I go lower, you start to see banding towards the edge, and it gets streaked out.
It's definitely too strong, I'm going to put this to .9, and go ahead and adjust the ending depth too, which also affects it. This affects where the streaking ends. So .9 and one, so now it definitely looks like a poor lens, but it's not so heavy that I can't see her face. Let's try one more effect. Effect, stylize scan line. This will create scan lines you might see with pre-digital interlaced video. You can imagine it's either a really simple camera, or perhaps a low resolution monitor.
This is too strong now, so I'm going to adjust the softness, let's say 92. Where it's subtle, but not too heavy. So just barely there when you zoom out. Let's play that back. Okay, so there we have the result. You can still clearly see the hostess talking, but it looks like it was shot with poor quality video. So here we've combined three different Boris Continuum effects to create a much more complex result that single effects might not get you.
- Working with common Boris controls
- Applying stylistic effects
- Relighting with Boris light effects
- Adjusting colors and color grading
- Warping footage
- Keying greenscreen with Primatte Studio
- Motion tracking
- Adding particles with Particle Illusion
- Working with 3D text and VR