Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Circle effect, part of After Effects: Extended Vignette Techniques.
Now there is one disadvantage to all these techniques I've shown so far.…Say that I want to scale down the video to use it as a picture in a picture…of some type, S for scale, pull it down.…You'll notice that the vignette is not scaling with it.…The traditional way to fix this is to open up the Parenting panel.…I can right-click on one the Column headers and select Parent.…The shortcut is hold Shift and press the F4 key.…Then make my vignette layer, be it created with a solid mask, a shape layer or…paint, and make it a child of my video layer.…
That way, whenever I scale down my video and reposition it in the frame, my…vignette follows along with me.…However, there are people who just prefer to be able to do things with the…minimum number of layers.…Therefore, they also look for effects which can also get them the same end result.…There is an effect that comes with After Effects, that you can use for…creating vignettes.…It's actually the Circle effect.…Now I'm going to Effects & Presets, type in 'circle,' close up my Animation…
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