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3.1 How to Create Light Streaks

In this lesson, you will learn how to add light streaks to your text animation using effect controls such as “Lens Flare”.

3.1 How to Create Light Streaks

Hi everyone, and welcome back to how to create a cinematic text animation in After Effects. In this lesson, we'll learn how to create some custom light streaks and lens flares to our animation. So to do this, let's get started and create a new solid. So go to Layer > New > Solid. Let's rename this Lens Flare, like so. Make sure that the color is set to black and then click OK. So now that we've got a black solid in our scene here, the next thing that we want to do is to create a standard lens flare. So to do this let's go to Effects, then go to Generate, and Lens Flare. And this will bring a lens flare, a standard lens flare in the screen. Now, we've got these adjustments here to play about with. So let's go ahead and change the experiment with lens type. So I'm going to choose 105 mm prime, as this seems to be the simplest looking lens that we have out of the three. So I just like to look at this one. So let's go ahead and choose 105 mm prime, and then increase the blend width original to about 75%. And then once we've done that, I'm going to use the selection tool here. I'm going to grab this red circular icon. And let's go ahead and bring it into the center, click and drag and bring it as close to the center as possible, like so. And we can also check if everything is centralized to the screen by going down here to Title/Action Safe. And you can see that everything is centered to the screen. Excellent, so now we want to change the color of the lens flare. So to do this, we need to go Effects > Color Collection > Caps. And then just play about with the channels to get the design color that you want for your project. So I want a bluish looking effect. So I'll have to go ahead and bring down the red channel here like so. And let's go ahead and bring the greens down as well. And you can see, as I'm adjusting this, you can see how it affects the color of our lens flare. Then lastly, let's go ahead and bring the blue up a little bit, like so. Excellent, now once you're happy with the color, the next thing that we want to do is create a new solid. So let's go ahead and go to Layer > New > Solid. And this solid will act as the light streak. So let's rename this streak. And before we click OK, let's change the color to the color of the streak that we want. So make sure that it sort of matches the color of our lens flare. And once you're happy with the color, click OK. And now from here, let's go ahead and select the rectangle tool, and then create a thin rectangle. As our lens flare streak, like so. So just clicking and dragging it across the screen. And once you've done that, we want to manipulate the shape of this rectangle to resemble a light streak. So to do this, let's go ahead and use the selection tool. We want to grab this top right vertice here and bring it all the way to the middle like so. And the same with the bottom left vertice, bring it all the way to the middle. Bring it all the way to the middle, like so. And then we're just going to adjust the right and left points just slightly so that everything is centralized, like so. So once you're happy with the shape, we need to enable transfer controls at the bottom here. So make sure that you've clicked on the trTansfer Control pane. And now once we've done that, in the drop-down menu for streaks, we want to change the Modes to Add. And this all sort of blend, help blend everything together. Next, we want to make sure that the streak layer is still selected, and we want to press F on our keyboard for Feather. And we can increase the mask feather to something that you like. So let's say 35% looks about right. And finally, we'll want to add some glow to this streak. So to do this, go to Effect, to to Stylize, and hen select Glow. And here we can adjust the settings again. So let's adjust the glow threshold, bring it up to say 90%. It's a little bit hard to drag it, so let's input 90% here like so. And then we can bring the glow radius up something that you like, so maybe something like 100 like so. And we can bring the glow intensity up, so let's bring it up to 1.5. And from there let's put the Glow Operation from Add to screen, like so. Excellent, so once you're happy with that, we can actually bring the streak a little bit thinner, so you can still adjust the shape of the streak. And the lens flare's a little bit too dull, so let's go ahead and bring the blend to original, up a little bit, like so. So let's bring it to let's say 55%. And there we have it. So now we've got a lens flare and a light streak, awesome. So that's it for this lesson and at the next lesson, we'll learn how to animate these custom lights that we've just created. See you all there.

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