Moving Light Rays in After Effects

A moving light ray can give a very unique look to your finished work. Find out about moving light rays in After Effects with help from a professional in the fields of video/film production and art in this free video clip.

Part of the Video Series: Techniques for Adobe After Effects

Video Transcript

Hi I'm Cori DiSimone and I'm here to tell you about how you can create moving light rays in After Effects. So the first thing that you want to do is to create a solid. And then to create an adjustment layer on top of that solid. It's always nice to have adjustment layers on top of what you want to effect because then you can always manipulate them or erase them completely and you haven't done all this work on your actual original image. So once you create the adjustment layer you have two options. Well you probably have way more then two options but one of them is that you can put the CC light rays effect on it. Or you could put the CC light sweep onto it. So with the one I use for this was CC light rays and it will give you just kind of a glow of light. But the other one, the sweep will give you more of a long ray of light so depending what you want. So once you apply the CC light rays to your adjustment layer then you can fool around where the center of it is and you can set different keyframes for your center so that you have these light ray moving in different areas. And of course you can also play with the intensity, the radius, and the different things to get just this sort of lighting effect that you would like. So play around with light effects. Thank you for watching.

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