Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a cartoon look with Find Edges, part of Premiere Pro Guru: Blending Mode Secrets.
A popular technique is to used stylized edges, to essentially give the video a cartoonish type look. Let's take a look at a few ways of pulling this off. First up, I've got a shot of an evening skyline, and I'd really like to pop the edges a bit, giving it a bit more of an illustrative type look. As you see here, well this is really quite easy to do. All it ends up being is the Find Edges Filter. And using blending modes to mix the two together. So, here we go.
Let's try the Find Edges effect. It's under the Stylized category. Double-click to apply that to the selected adjusted layer, and you see it creates a bit of an illustrated type look. Now in this case, since I am dealing with a dark image, I'll invert that. So that the edges become white. This'll help them stand out against the night sky. Additionally, a little bit of a levels and blur adjustment can go a long way. Tossing on a blur. Fast Blur works pretty well. And I'll make sure to repeat the edge pixel, and drag in a new value, which just makes those edges bloom a little bit more.
Using a Fast Color Adjustment, I could take advantage of a levels type adjustment, which makes it simple to pop the contrast. So if we zoom in to 100% here so you really see things, what I'm essentially doing is removing, some of these softer areas that aren't pure black. And punching those up. As well as pulling in the white slider to bring those areas out as well. And it creates a very nice effect.
Now as you're working on that, you might decide that the blur is a bit intense. So you can always take the Blur property and lower its radius. And that looks pretty good to me. Once that's done, take advantage of your blending mode like Screen, which will drop out the darker areas. Leading behind the glowing areas, and stylized edges. And you see that brings on a bit more of an illustrated type feel. Let's fit that to the window. And press Control+Tilde to go full screen.
There's my stylized edges. And I like the overall look of the new scene. You can continue to tweak this, adjusting the colors or laying in a paper texture, as another strategy to push the cartoon type look.
- Identifying blend modes
- Using blend modes in files from After Effects and Photoshop
- Color correcting with blend modes
- Softening skin
- Hiding noise and grain
- Creating high-contrast or cartoon looks
- Relighting a shot with blend modes