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Walter Soyka
Re: 80's Retro - Film Light Exposure *Bleed* Effect?
on Aug 5, 2019 at 5:24:09 pm

Here are a few light tips:

I generally work in 32bpc mode for big fat lighting effects. This setting is fundamentally different than 8bpc/16bpc in how extreme lighting values are processed. Instead of clipping at white (or black), you push well beyond maximum brightness and later recover that detail with additional effects. Once you do this, you can split a lot of light generation across multiple layers, combine them with Add blend modes, and then pull them back down with shadows or Exposure effects on top. See here for more:
https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/using/color-basics.html#color_depth_a...

Trapcode Shine is perfect for those cast light rays:
https://www.redgiant.com/products/trapcode-shine/

You can get a lot of mileage out of a lens flare plugin (like Video Copilot's Optical Flares) for generating light sources. For the style you're showing here, I'd recommend turning off a lot of the lens elements.
https://www.videocopilot.net/products/opticalflares/

Lastly, consider third-party replacements for Ae's default Glow effect (which I personally find difficult to use with good results):
https://aescripts.com/deep-glow/
https://www.redgiant.com/user-guide/universe/glow/
https://borisfx.com/support/documentation/sapphire/ae/glow/

Walter Soyka
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