Join Luisa Winters for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating the rack focus effect, part of Premiere Pro Guru: Adjustment Layers and Nesting.
- The Rack Focus effect is an in-camera effect that is done with the focus of the lens. So you would have two subjects, one close to the camera, and one farther from the camera. Because of the depth of field property of the lens, only one of the subjects will be in focus at the same time. So we start with one of the subjects in focus and then, gradually, the one in focus becomes out of focus. And the one that was out of focus gradually becomes in focus. It is a common effect that we use a lot in the industry.
We are not going to quite do it like that. Instead, we will use color rather than focus to achieve our effect. Please open sequence 4-3 from your project panel, and add an Adjustment Layer to the sequence. So there you go, I'm going to zoom out so I can see the whole thing. And now I'm going to cut this Adjustment Layer in half. So with the Razor Blade Tool, I'm just going to cut right there. Now I'll go back to the Selection Tool and work on the first half of the Adjustment Layer.
What I want to do is, I want to make the blue prominent. And I'm going to make everything else desaturated. And for that, I'm going to go to my Curves. More precisely, my Hue and Saturation Curves. So I'll enhance the blue, and I'll bring all the other colors in like so. I'll put more control points here. And now I'm totally enhancing the blue of the sky. I'm going to include a little bit more of the green of the water.
So I'm going to add a point here and then expand this. And there you go. The green of the water is coming back. And I'm very happy with that. Now what I'm going to do is the opposite. I'm going to have the water and the sky be totally desaturated, but everything else saturated. So I'm going to go to the other half of the Adjustment Layer and I'm going to add a control point for the blue. And one for the yellow and reds. And I'm going to bring the blue in.
I'm going to expand the others. And that should work. I'll move my play head so that I can see it. And I'll expand this a little bit more. And that's pretty good. You can see the green of the foliage right there. And now all I have to do is add a Cross Dissolve in between these two.
So I'll select both of them and use the shortcut ctrl or cmd + d. And now I'll delete the first, I'll delete the last. And I'll make this a little bit wider. So I'll select the Cross Dissolve, make it last longer. And now I'll play from the beginning. Now, we're using secondary color correction with this. You can do it with pretty much anything. Enhancing different colors without totally muting the others.
Or blurriness, or whatever you want to make. The Rack Focus effect is no longer limited to doing it in-camera with your lens.
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- Naming nested sequences
- Applying effects with adjustment layers
- Saving adjustment layers
- Adjusting footage using color corrections
- Masking effects
- Creating specific looks with adjustment layers