Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video The Cell Pattern effect, part of Premiere Pro CS6 Effects Workshop.
The Cell Pattern effect is another one of those tools that often gets missed by editors using Premiere Pro. It's a fantastically flexible tool that allows you to generate textures and track matte keys. Here, I've got a simple timeline with black video in the foreground, a close up of me in the middle, and a color matte in the background. I've got this kind of a teal color in the background. I want to see if I can create an interesting texture for this layer in the middle, sandwiched between these two bits of media.
And instead of using Blend Modes or a Track Matte key based on something animated in Ultra Effects, I'm just going to go to the Effects list and I'm just going to type in Cell here in the quick search. And I'm going to put the cell pattern effect on this black video layer in the foreground. Now, if I turn the visibility on, immediately you're going to see what's going on. All this does is convert the clip that you add the effect to into a generated texture, which doesn't do all that much. It looks quite pretty, but it doesn't really do anything, unless you animate the evolution control. See if I adjust this, it's actually going to bring these things to life. Now, just to illustrate how this works, let me set that to 0. I'm going to set my timeline at the beginning and I'm going to turn on keyframing for evolution, then I'll go to the end. Let's just go back to, there.
And I'm going to add some adjustment to the evolution. So right away, if I play this, you can see we're getting the sense of living things moving around inside the, the environment of the effect and it's not just bubbles. By the way, we've got HQ high quality versions of these effects as well as regular ones there just sharper particularly if your working with HD media. We'll we've got quite a few we've got crystals and plates and static plates and remember you can combine these with other effects, like the Tint effect, for example, to create color. And absolutely brilliant, you can generate textures with these. Just to take as an example, if I get, maybe, let's have a look. I think, yeah, maybe crystals would be an interesting starting one or maybe pillow might be interesting.
Now, I've got my black and white texture. If I just shrink this down for a second, I can go to my Effects list and look for the track back key. And I can apply this to the video in the middle here, this is the grip I really want to apply the effect to. I can set this to use video 3 for the matte, and I'm going to use the Lomo from it. And immediately, we're getting this animated texture applied. Now remember, what we're seeing, this teal color in the background, that's just my color map, I could put anything there I like.
And if I go back to my Cell Pattern, remember, any changes I make here are just going to update the appearance of this video. For example, I can reduce the size until this become almost transparent, you can't get rid of it completely you need to fade out the effect. You can do that with layering very easily, but I can make this really very large as well to the point that entering through. There we go, right the way in, we're entering into this shot. So, I suppose what we could do is we could set this up, so that maybe around about here, That's about as big as the size is going to go.
Let's go to our keyframe to see if we can get that. Evolution to shift around so that the lines are out of the way. Can we do it, is it going to fill the screen, perhaps not. It's going to be a little bit too close. Nonetheless, we can keyframe that, go back to the beginning, drop the size right down that's going to add a keyframe as well. And now, we've got this effect where this mesh is coming forwards from the background.
Very, very interesting. And of course, it's easy to experiment. I can change this to any of these patterns that I like and we've got more or less complex textures. And we've got a dispersion, which is how much these are spread out. We've got a sharpness for them. Let's go back to above all this property a clear example of this. And you can see if I drop the dispersion here closer together, it gives that random see quality to it. I can adjust the size of these, and in fact, let me just pull this clip out of the way, so you can see this in black and white again. Remember, the Track Matte effect will change the appearance of the foreground video, but it's kind of nice, you can see, I can invert this, and get a different kind of effect altogether, and it's a pretty flexible tool. And again, you're using this just to generate texture that's alive, this Evolution control brings the effect to life and gives it a real sense of movement.
So, that's the Cell Pattern effect. And it's something that you can use to generate texture. You can combine it with other effects to generate color or you can use it just to generate something to use as a texture that will become a Track Matte for another clip.
- Advanced keyframing
- Essential effects
- Adjusting color
- Adding transitions
- Working with time
- Creative effects
- Combined effect examples
- Sharing work with After Effects