Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Using layer styles plus effects, part of Premiere Pro and After Effects: Creating Title Graphics.
Now flat to gradient color is little bit on the boring side.…Fortunately, there are several effects in After Effects made this a bit…more interesting.…I like to use a combination of Effects and also of this little known tool…called Layer Styles.…Layer Styles have a very flexible Bevel and Emboss.…You need to twirl them open down here in the Timeline panel to get their…parameters, but they give you several options for their shape.…I want to go ahead and increase my size a little bit, so you can see…better what's going on.…Outer Bevel, Inner Bevel, Emboss, Pillow Emboss which is inset to the end of the…video, a very unusual effect and Stroke Emboss which is less useful.…
I am going to go back though to good old fashion Inner Bevel and play with…the Softness to smooth the transition and the Size, so I've got a nice…falloff across this bar.…Now I have something that's much more nicely and complexly shaded as opposed to…just a simple flat color.…I am going to play with the Depth a little bit to flatten this out, play with…
- Copying clips from Premiere Pro to After Effects
- Creating a lower-third bar in After Effects
- Making shape layers with gradient fills
- Improving readability and re-using elements
- Combining layer styles and effects to enhance the final look