Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Using After Effects lights as flares, part of Up and Running with Optical Flares.
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Now let's look at how to control optical flares using After Effects Lights.…And here in this intro composition, we're going to be using three…different compositions here, so make sure you're in the right one.…I'm going to choose the Flare layer.…This has optical flares already applied to it here for you.…Just default settings, and I have a fog layer in…the background just to make things a little bit more interesting.…And you also have light one on the left, light two on…the right.…These are just Omni lights just regular point…lights that just shoot out light in every direction.…
It doesn't really matter too much here, but when I go back to my Flare layer.…And in this positioning mode, this is the key here, not in…the Optical flares option just in the regular optical flares plugin here.…And the positioning mode, we're going to change the source type to Track lights.…And, when we do that, all of a sudden…our lights become optical flares generators.…And if you notice inside the plugin, we now…have a load of new options to choose from.…
Learn how to create your own visual effects with Optical Flares in this course with Chad Perkins. After examining how actual lens flares work in the real world, you'll explore the core features and presets you'll need to create professional lens flares. Chad also gives you a look at integrating these flares with the 3D environments in After Effects, as well as how to create your own custom flares from scratch. Plus, learn how to add animation, obscure flares with layers, dynamically trigger flares, and use them in realistic scenarios like motion graphics, lower thirds, and beauty shots.
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- Adjusting basic flare parameters
- Using and adjusting flare presets
- Simulating streaks, rings, multi iris effects, and more
- Turning natural hot spots in footage into flares
- Using After Effects lights as flares
- Positioning with masks
- Working with dynamic triggering