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Plug-in to After Effects by Michele Yamazaki

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6

GENERATORS

This chapter deals with plug-ins that generate something from nothing—elements like lens flares, particles, strokes, and more.

Lens Flares

Where would we be without the lens flare? Probably one of the hardest things to focus on and study, a lens flare will quickly come and go, generated by fractions of light. A properly placed lens flare can generate a feeling of depth and realism. Sci-fi movies and shows such as Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica rely heavily on lens flares, often used as a surrounding for planets and when a spaceship flies by, for a look and feel of being in space where light is precious.

J.J. Abram’s Star Trek (2009) features some beautiful, and often excessive, use of lens flares. Many of the flares in Star Trek ...

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