Advanced After Effects 1 : Adding a Filmic Glow


Your footage may not always be top quality, but you can make it look like a movie studio production by using some simple tools in After Effects. Find one of your own video clips that you would like to enhance (we only need about 20 seconds of it). Stationary shots work better.

Create a new composition in Adobe After Effects and import your clip. Add your clip to the Timeline.


1) Duplicate footage

*Edit menu = Duplicate

2) Choose a new mode for the top copy

*Right-click and choose Blending Modes (for example = Overlay)

3) Change Opacity to soften level

*Hit "T" for Opacity shortcut

4) Try other modes (such as Screen or Add)

5) Use Adobe Dynamic Link to create a New Premiere Pro Linked Sequence

6) Go back to After Effects and make changes to the settings. Note that the settings changes are applied to your Premiere Pro project.

7) Export the Premiere Pro video and copy/paste it to the Inbox.