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Reviving AE Lens Flares with Trapcode Shine

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Motion designer Harry Frank shows how to breath new life or make a retro look with standard After Effects Lens Flare by using Shape Layers and Trapcode Shine.
After Effects CS3
Lights
Tips'n Tricks

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The basic idea is first to create a Null Object to control the center of the flare.
Apply the "Lens Flare" and afterwards "Trapcode Shine" with the desired color.
Pickwhip the Flare Center and the Source Point from Shine to the Null Objects Position.
Then make a new shape Layer with selecting the Polystar, play with the settings and then duplicate it and set the Track Matte of the first to Alpha Matte on the second. If you move the matted shape around incl. changing the Polystar Points and the inner radius you get some interesting interferences. Also pickwhip its position to the Null Objects Position.
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Effects & Plugins

Lens Flare, Trapcode Shine

(Min. Version: After Effects CS3, Category: Lights, Type: Tips'n Tricks)
posted by vfx007 on Mar 04, 2009

 

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In this Episode, Aharon shows you how to improve on and finish the binary transition project by working with Time Remapping and Camera animation. Plus, see how Magic Bullet Looks and Trapcode Shine help add the finishing touches.
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posted by vfx007 on Dec 21, 2008

Modulate the intensity of Lens Flare based on an obscuration layer

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With this preset you can cause the opacity of a layer to control the brightness of a "Lens Flare".
After Effects CS3
Lights
Presets (ffx)

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posted by mmo on Feb 20, 2009

Anamorphic Lens Flares

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Here is a project file that adds an anamorphic stripe and star around the standard AE lens flare.
After Effects CS3
Lights
Projects (aep)

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posted by Indy on Feb 22, 2009


 

 

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