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Lighting effects for 2D in Visionlab

Posted: Sun, 30th May 2010, 1:28pm

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Dalemations

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I'm doing a 2D short and need to create the effect of light shining across characters faces from a static lamp.I think I can do this in VisionLab if the characters are isolated from the background.
I just wondered what technique experienced users here might suggest for creating this effect?
Posted: Sun, 30th May 2010, 5:52pm

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spydurhank

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There are several ways to do this. One of the simplest is...

1. You can copy the actor layer.
2. Set it's composite mode to screen or add.
This will brighten everything.
3. Draw several masks with a nice feather to isolate the
light transmission.
4. Add a bloom and or blur filter, see which one you like
better.
5. Add a transparency filter and lower the layers opacity
till you achieve your desired result.
Posted: Sun, 30th May 2010, 7:44pm

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Axeman

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Here's a preset that I made many moons ago, which enables you to add a spotlight effect to your footage. Adjusting the mask shape you could apply the spotlight area to whatever you want, but if your actor is on a different layer from the background, as you mention, then it should be pretty easily applied.
Posted: Mon, 31st May 2010, 10:41am

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Thanks for the fast and helpful replies. I will do some experimenting and show you how it turns out smile
Posted: Sat, 5th Jun 2010, 11:02am

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Dalemations

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Axeman I used your excellent spotlight preset on this shot as well as other lighting effects. I also used my own Green Fog preset that I created a long time ago smile
This isn't the shot I mentioned before but one leading up to it. My queation is (and I hope this doesn't come under 'support') that I did adjust the contrast and colour balance of the layers to add more depth but it doesn't seem to have shown up in the final render. It's difficult to tell in this YouTube version I know but I just wondered if anyone knew a possible reason for that?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnd9MmjE2Dk