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2.3 Adding Lighting Effects to the Background

In this lesson, you will learn how to add lighting effects to the background of your animation video using controls such as “CC Spotlight”.

2.3 Adding Lighting Effects to the Background

Hi everyone, and welcome back to how to create a cinematic text animation in After Effects. In this lesson, we'll learn how to add and animate some lighting effects to the background. So first of all, let's create an adjustment layer above the text. To do this let's, go to Layer > New > Adjustment Layer. And with the Adjustment Layer selected, press Enter on the keyboard, and let's change the name to PG Lights. Cool, now, with the Adjustment Layer selected, let's go ahead and add some lighting effects to it. So go to Effect > Perspective > CC Spotlight, and straight away that'll add a spotlight to the scene. And let's change some of the settings here. So let's change from to 930 and -500 here, like so. And let's go ahead and change the height to 100, And let's change the cone angle slightly, so something like that. Let's change it to something like 30 or let's change it to 35, and let's change the edge softness to 100, like so. Cool, and the intensity, we can lower that down a little bit, so let's lower that to, let's say, let's lower that to about 35. Excellent, so now we've got, we can check that without, so that's without the spotlight, and with the spotlight. So you can see there's a subtle lighting difference here. Cool, now let's add another lighting effect, so go to Effect > Generate > CC Light Rays. And let's go ahead and change some of the settings of the CC Light Rays here. So let's change the intensity, let's bring that down to 50, let's put the center value to 958 and 00, so it's at the top here, like so. And let's change the radius, let's put the radius all the way up, let's change that to, let's say, 400. Warp softness, let's change that to 80, keep the shape at round. And yeah, the rest of the settings are okay. As always, feel free to play about with the settings here, just to create a suitable look for the project or whatever project you're working on. And remember, we can always come back into these settings and change them again at a later date, if we choose to. All right, so now that we've got our lighting set up, let's go ahead and animate the light. So make sure that your timeline is set at 0, and let's put the light intensity of our CC rays at 0 as well. And then let's hit the key frame button here to create a key frame. So if we open up our BG Lights and open up Effects, we can see for our light rays we've created a key frame in our timeline here, like so. So let's move the timeline to about two seconds. And now let's increase the intensity to 40, and this will automatically create a new key frame, like so. Let's move this further along the timeline to six seconds, and now let's change the intensity and bring it back down to 0. So now we've got this sort of nice pulsing light effect for our animation, excellent. Cool, so this is just a quick example of how to animate the brightness of the background light. So if we go ahead and click on the preview button here, you can see how that is all working together. Cool, so feel free to change the settings and to make the intensity brighter, for example. So if we move back down to two seconds, and if we decide that the animation is a little bit too subtle, we can change the brightness to something like, say, 60. Click on the preview button, and see how that works for us. Cool, so now you can see here that it's a little bit brighter than it was before. Maybe it's still a little bit too subtle for you, so we can change that to something like 75. Maybe that's a little bit too bright, let's change to 65. Can see now that it brightens up and then calms back down again. Cool, so that's it for this lesson. In the next lesson, we'll start to learn how to create more atmosphere for our video, starting with how to create some lens flares and light streaks. See you all there.

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