3 Replies Latest reply on Dec 31, 2015 11:53 AM by Rick Gerard

    Limitless TV Show Text Effect


      LIMITLESS Season 1 TRAILER (2015) | New CBS Series First Look HD - YouTube


      If you hit that link, you'll see the font effect, for example at Second 1, where it says "Imagine a life" - it has kind of a dual lens-flare/light streak going on.


      Anyone know a tutorial how to accomplish this specific effect?  I've seen some vaguely similar, but not just right.



        • 1. Re: Limitless TV Show Text Effect
          Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

          Easy enough if you know how to make use of the customizations and preset editing options that come with lens flare tools like Optical Flares and use multiple effects.



          • 2. Re: Limitless TV Show Text Effect
            Dave LaRonde Level 6

            That may not even be a canned lens flare.  That could be a couple of small, colored solids -- duplicated -- with horizontal blur & one or more blend modes used... then parented to the text.  Just animate the opacity & you're set.

            • 3. Re: Limitless TV Show Text Effect
              Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP


              Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 11.26.06 AM.png
              is a golden opportunity to learn all about blending modes and how to simulate light in 32 bit mode in your comps. It's a useful technique to get a hang of by simply layering shapes (in this case bluish) with different amounts of blur over each other to simulate lighting effects like flairs, glows or even something as simple as light from a candle causing a glow on someones hand. These are basic AE compositing skills you should learn and practice. A comp would look like this:

              Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 11.50.35 AM.png

              Just a bunch of copies of some basic shapes (make all the layers 3D) with different blur settings and slightly different shapes. Build a flair, pre-compose to simplify moving the flairs around, collapse transformations and animate the camera. The secret is in the blend mode.