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  • ReCreating a Photoshop Light Effect in AE

     Max Jackson updated 4 months ago 3 Members · 7 Posts
  • Max Jackson

    January 18, 2022 at 5:16 pm

    Hi Everybody,

    I have been trying to recreate an (attached) light effect I made in Photoshop. I believe I made it using the actual ‘lighting effects’ in Photoshop.

    I’ve tried using everything I can find in AE natively (CC Light rays, light burst, beam, etc.) but I can’t seem to get anything to work. Either I can’t get the angle, or the edges are too soft or the intensity is weak…Should I try using shapes? I’d maybe foray into using fractal noise, but I need the light the fan out, not be straight up and down. I’d probably layer noise on top just for some variance/flow anyway, but I can see to get that initial shape/value.

    Has anybody done anything remotely similar to get this in the past?

  • Graham Quince

    January 18, 2022 at 5:26 pm

    Unfortunately I can’t see your image, but if you register your Boris Mocha AE included plug-in, (in the animation menu) one of the perks offered is Stage Light, a lovely effect which creates 3D light beams.

  • Max Jackson

    January 19, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    Here’s the file, my bad. I must’ve forgotten to attach it. I’ll check out Boris FX.


  • Greg Gesch

    January 19, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    Hi Max. I would be tempted to start with Fractal Noise and add the Bezier Warp effect to get the shape. As a starting point you might want to look at Animation Presets/Backgrounds/Curtains.

  • Max Jackson

    January 20, 2022 at 11:51 am

    Hi Greg,

    Right, the curtain effect. I saw a tutorial on that a long time ago using fractal noise and thought briefly about that too. So the bezier warp could help me get that keystone-ing? That would be cool. I’ll try playing with that and looking into tutorials in that direction as well.

    My challenge I think I might run into with is soft sides to the ‘beams’. I’m hoping I can get a setting that still keeps it hard/flat.


  • Max Jackson

    January 20, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    I just had a breakthrough this morning. I’m not there yet, but made some major strides.

    After revisiting CC Light Burst for like the 5th time, I’ve tried adding it to a shape layer wiggle path and then cycled through the random seed.

    It still needs work, but if I get something significant, I’ll post the results.

    Thanks again!

  • Max Jackson

    January 20, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    I was able to get this far with recreating Photoshop’s ‘Lighting Effects’. I’m still trying to find a way to blend or layer a bright gradient on top of a shape layer with this CC Light Burst, but it’s getting closer.

    The shape I’m using is an upside-down trapezoid. Screengrab attached.

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