Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Colorization and blending modes, part of After Effects: Extended Vignette Techniques.
Now that we know how to execute a variety of different vignetting techniques,…let's extend what you can do with them beyond just darkening part of your image.…Again, if you've downloaded the exercise files, let's go to Chapter 2 and…Vignettes 2 and let's start with 2.1 Colorize Starter.…This comp is actually identical to a comp we were working on back in Chapter 1.…It's a Black Solid with a mask on it to create a vignetting effect.…But rather than create a black vignette, we're going to use it create a colored…treatment to the background of this shot.…
Now to change the color, I could open up Layer > Solid Settings and change the…color in there. The problem is that's a lot of dialogs opened and as you can see, as of…After Effects CS4, this isn't interactive. I cannot see my color changes.…So instead of changing the Solid color, I'm actually going to apply an effect,…go look for a Fill, twirl up Animation Presets, drag Fill onto my Black Solid and…now it's filled by default color.…I like this because now I can start changing the color interactively in the…
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