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John MarkHow to add a shine/flare on text
by on Aug 29, 2012 at 10:32:06 pm

How can I add a shine or flare something that sparks across the text just to make it stand out

Thanks

A News Graphic Lover


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chris brettRe: How to add a shine/flare on text
by on Aug 30, 2012 at 8:32:03 am

Hi John

There are a number of ways of doing this.

My favourite 'all purpose' method for 2D type at the moment is as below.


1 ) add ajustment layer to text layer

2 ) apply cc hue and saturation effect to adj layer

3 ) wind up the 'lightness' and 'saturation' so that the lettering lo0ks overbright and shiny / metallic ( this will affect all the lettering at the moment )

4 ) add an oval mask to the adj layer so the the shiny section now modifies only an area which is convincing as a light

5 ) Adjust the 'softness' of the mask and 'shape' of the mask to suit

6 ) go to point on the time-line just before the light hits the type and animate the position of the mask so that it is not applying effect to type ( just to the left say )


7 ) go to point on time-line where the shine is to end and animate mask position so that it is off the type again ( to the far right say )

8 ) ram preview to see result and adjust mask animation to suit required speed / effect


I prefer this method rather than simply adding white to simulate a light as the extra chroma is more convincing I think -- just adding white can look a bit flat.

Sometimes I experiment using number of masks -- this can give very good and interesting results -- say one much bigger and softer to give a general movement and another for the highlight ( say ) / or sometimes e few lights going in different directions etc etc.

Depending on the colour of the type coloured lights can work well also


---- good luck with it all --- if you need a bit of info on animating masks etc it worth checking out Andrew Devis's tutorials on this site ( at least I'm pretty sure he has done this one )


-----chris brett // uk


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Stephen SmithRe: How to add a shine/flare on text
by on Aug 31, 2012 at 2:17:42 pm

For the Shine, motion has pre-built behaviors that will do it just for you.

-Add Text

-Go To the "Library" tab, Behaviors, Text Sequence, Text-Highlighter.

-Apply any of them. I think you would like "Glow Through" the best.


As for a Flare. I feel the flare the comes with FCP, Motion and AE stink. Check out Optical Flares which only works with AE: https://www.videocopilot.net/products/opticalflares/

If you don't have AE and have Motion 5 check out mFlare: http://www.motionvfx.com/mplugs-1.html

Hope this helps and best of luck.

Stephen Smith
Utah Video Productions

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Stephen SmithRe: How to add a shine/flare on text
by on Aug 31, 2012 at 2:25:26 pm

John and Chris,
Sorry, I thought I was in the Final Cut Pro forum. For a Flare. I feel the flare the comes with FCP, Motion and AE stink. Check out Optical Flares which only works with AE: https://www.videocopilot.net/products/opticalflares/

Here is a great example of what can be done with Optical Flares: http://videohive.net/item/broadcast-design-news-lower-third-package/547899?...


Stephen Smith
Utah Video Productions

Check out my Motion Training DVD

Check out my Vimeo page


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John MarkRe: How to add a shine/flare on text
by on Sep 14, 2012 at 8:57:00 am

Thanks all for you help :)

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