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help me smooth out my lighting.

Feb 1, 2013 6:20 PM

What Setting do I need to change to smooth out the edges of my lighting in this shot, and get rid of those hard edges?

 

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    Feb 1, 2013 2:59 PM   in reply to Justphred

    Add a bit of noise to the image, like, 2-6% or maybe a layer of fractal noise laid lightly on top.

     
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    Feb 1, 2013 2:59 PM   in reply to Justphred

    Actually, they're feathered edges, and it's easy to change these things in the properties for the light in question: softness, distance from the background.... what have you.

     

    But if you want no edges at all, you could make it an ambient light.

     

    Have fun.

     
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    Feb 1, 2013 3:31 PM   in reply to Justphred

    I presume you're talking about the banding in the transition from dark gray to black.  There's only so much you can do, because there are so few values of gray being spread across a much higher number of pixels.

     

    The first thing to do: work in 32 bits.  It'll help even if you eventually render out to an 8 or 10-bit codec.

     
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    Feb 2, 2013 2:33 AM   in reply to Dave LaRonde

    Here is tutorial on how to remove banding in AE:

     

    How to Remove Banding Artifacts in After Effects

     
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