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Michele PoggiCreating lights in AE - (NO 3D)
by on Oct 12, 2012 at 1:32:23 pm

I'm thinking about how to create rays of light and light itself manually in After Effects, without using its 3D lights or plugins like Red Giant or Sapphire..

I have to re-create the lights inside a box that has a ray of light coming from a hole.. Inside of the box there is a littler box and a Lego toy.

I'm using masks and adjustment layers to play with curves and levels, and about the ray of light I'm thinking about extreme fractal noise well composed trough the hole, maybe with polar coordinates.

Do you know any other way? Thanks as always for the constructive discussion guys.

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John CuevasRe: Creating lights in AE - (NO 3D)
by on Oct 12, 2012 at 2:13:15 pm

Here are a few tutorials: This one includes a script at the end. All you have to do it is have a comp with a layer and a camera, run the script and it will create volumetric light look. I find that the fractal noise layer is to defined if you run that script. So after you run the script, press "T" to reveal the opacity and you should see this expression: (thisComp.layer("Light 1").active) ? 100 : 0; If you change the 100 to say 50, as you will cap the max opacity of the layer to 50. And the is controlled by increasing and decreasing the intensity of the light.

Also adding a simple expression the evolution of the fractal will make it seem that the "dust" in the light is moving. So alt-click the evolution stopwatch and something like(remove the quotes)--- "time * 90" will give you nice slow moving particles.

http://www.petertorpey.com/tutorials/volume_light/

http://maltaannon.com/after-effects/volumetric-lights/

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John CuevasRe: Creating lights in AE - (NO 3D)
by on Oct 12, 2012 at 2:35:36 pm

Found a COW Tutorial too: http://library.creativecow.net/articles/drozda_jerzy/VolumeLight/video-tuto...

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