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Chris Read
lens flare on white background
on Apr 11, 2011 at 8:01:29 pm

I am dong a logo project for someone who wants the background to remain white and the text black. There is an instance in which i need a light ray to appear and flash across the writing, i wanted to use lens flare but it won't appear on the white background. Is there a way i can get round this or a similar effect i can use?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: lens flare on white background
on Apr 11, 2011 at 8:11:53 pm

This white is the brightest thing in your comp, right? So how can you have something in it that's BRIGHTER than the brightest thing in your comp?

You'd stand a fighting chance if the background was light gray.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Phil Radelat
Re: lens flare on white background
on Apr 12, 2011 at 2:25:25 am

Dave is correct, however you can make a faux flare by multiplying itself on the white areas. Use the text as an alpha so you don't multiply it over the text or it will disappear from the text area.

You may need to make more than one multiply layer, and possibly use and additional keyframe-able soft vector alpha to keep the heavier components of the flare in check.


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Phil Radelat
Re: lens flare on white background
on Apr 13, 2011 at 1:10:46 am

I forgot this isn't Photoshop. :-) You'll have to render your flare against black first and extract an alpha from it before you can try my approach.


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