Anamorphic Lens Flares

Here’s a fun project file that adds an anamorphic stripe and star around the standard AE lens flare. The layers are linked to the position of the Flare, so everything moves together. You can change the color from the “FLARE” solid effects control to create a golden sun or even a red sun. Have fun, just don’t look directly at it.

Download Project File (AE CS3)

In other news, I feel much better and I won’t need the computer speech program after all.

February 11th, 2009 @ 12:37 am
Ok thanks :D
Really cool effect:D
Glad that you are better ;D
February 11th, 2009 @ 12:41 am
Thank the stars! I wasn't looking forward to an entire tutorial with that computer voice doing the VO :P

I too, applaud your convalescence!


February 11th, 2009 @ 12:51 am
Thanks Andrew for Being a great tutor in after effects, you're the man, many thanks from New Zealand
February 11th, 2009 @ 12:54 am
thx alot mr . androw
February 11th, 2009 @ 12:58 am
Sweet! Thanks (again) a lot Andrew! Do you know the lensflars from "KNOLL LIGHT FACTORY". Those are also very impressive!

Greetings from Amsterdam / Holland

Dennis - idiommedia
February 11th, 2009 @ 1:04 am
I was always wondering how do that particular flare, thanks again AK 47
February 11th, 2009 @ 1:06 am
hi Dennis. this man knows everything. KNOLL LIGHT FACTORY? he knew it before he born. haha.
thanks Mr. Andrew God Bless your family.
February 11th, 2009 @ 1:35 am
This is totally what I need in my current project. I created something similar but it looks blah. I'll just replace it with yours.
Yay, thanks
Inspector 36
February 11th, 2009 @ 1:50 am

I'm looking forward to this year.
February 11th, 2009 @ 2:16 am
Ben Wotton
February 11th, 2009 @ 2:21 am
Cool. glad you're feeling better
Fx Rattler
February 11th, 2009 @ 2:35 am
Nice, I like the use of noise to give the subtle grain...and the mega use of fast blurs...Its the touches Andrew, the touches...
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February 11th, 2009 @ 2:40 am
Thanke you a lot guy.
February 11th, 2009 @ 2:43 am
Nice job Andrew!
February 11th, 2009 @ 3:12 am
Hey, glad to hear you're feeling better.

Have an orange smoothie everyday. I haven't been sick yet. Of course, now that I said that, I can expect to be sick next week. I should just start taking the Nyquil shooters now.
February 11th, 2009 @ 3:14 am
please just make the intro of the tutorial with the computer speech that's fun trust me xD
February 11th, 2009 @ 3:43 am
Hey andrew nice project just wat I need for my website for ist

Anyway I was hoping on hearing that computer speech program I would've laughed through the whole video, but it's gud to no ur feeling better
February 11th, 2009 @ 3:46 am
looks expensive... but Mr. Kramer´s work always looks expensive...

thats why we love him ;-)

Greetings from Berlin
February 11th, 2009 @ 4:11 am
nice cool free stuff Andrew! rather its a hot one! thanx
Mark Bowen
February 11th, 2009 @ 4:12 am
Really kind of you to offer this up for download. Going to take a look at it now.

Hope you're feeling 100% really soon.

Best wishes,

February 11th, 2009 @ 4:16 am
text look 3d..b'coz u change the position..^^
February 11th, 2009 @ 4:21 am
4:20 am, and i am bored.. good thing u post this! thx
February 11th, 2009 @ 4:22 am
Wooow amazing Andrew...
Tank you very much

From Brazil =D
February 11th, 2009 @ 4:24 am
Lensflare revival ;)
February 11th, 2009 @ 4:25 am
Glad you're feeling better. A Steven Hawking type tutorial might make you sound way smarter than you already are though..... ( well.. probably not. Just a thought)
February 11th, 2009 @ 4:30 am
thanks, andrew.
get well soon, we all miss your jokes :)
February 11th, 2009 @ 4:53 am
Thanks for sharing master Andrew.

I know this is an "off-topic" but I would like to know your opinion about NUKE.

Take care.
February 11th, 2009 @ 5:57 am
King Tut:
Thank you very much. Now I don't have to spend $300 for The Knoll light Factory just to get that John Carpenter's "CHRISTINE" flare going! I do promise to spend it on your site, though!
February 11th, 2009 @ 6:04 am
thanks Andrew :) like it )

thanks from Latvia
David W.
February 11th, 2009 @ 6:11 am
Glad to hear you're feeling better!Neat lens flare, but I still want to know how you make the one seen on all the products. ;)
Maor Hazan
February 11th, 2009 @ 6:20 am
Thank you Andrew! You're the best!
Lee Skinner
February 11th, 2009 @ 6:40 am
Andrew, I'm not sure if you watch Fringe or not (I imagine you do, even if it's just to see your intro :P) but have you noticed the hardcore over-use of lens flares lately? They even appear when there isn't even anything that bright on the screen. Sometimes it's a lens-flare overload, and I can't help but wonder if they are used to emphasize when something paranormal is about to happen. They don't look like AE lens flares though. Seems to me like they shoot actual lens flares against a black BG and screen them onto the footage.

What do you think?
February 11th, 2009 @ 6:49 am
Thank you. Was looking for something like this for my titles.
February 11th, 2009 @ 7:04 am
Way to go once again andrew, you need your own cable show my friend. Your work is off the chain your products are of the chain. You just simply are "THE MAN"
February 11th, 2009 @ 7:30 am
Thanks Andrew!
Wish you a speedy recovery!
February 11th, 2009 @ 7:33 am
good news....cause i hate the speech programs...thanks for another stunning template. I still have lots of fun with that fire template you gave last month...they should integrate well...your next project could actually be a collection of templates: Templates Copilot.
February 11th, 2009 @ 7:39 am
I wonder why i got many errors while opening this file. Is there a problem with german version?
Chuck Norris
February 11th, 2009 @ 7:53 am
February 11th, 2009 @ 8:36 am
Thrilled to hear that you're feeling better man. Being sick is wack. Keep up the incredible work.
February 11th, 2009 @ 8:39 am
Just change the language to english, then you will have no problems.
February 11th, 2009 @ 8:49 am
Hey, nice project. love your stuff, keep it up:D
February 11th, 2009 @ 8:50 am
Hi, im using a computer without AE on it, could someone please render and upload this to YouTube i'd really love to see what it looks like.
February 11th, 2009 @ 8:56 am
Andrew, a breakdown of what certain layers do might be helpful.

To me, it looks as if the fractal noise layer is simulating an imperfect lens. Is that the case?
Prodat TV
February 11th, 2009 @ 8:57 am
Man, I'm used your toutos in my projects and now, i'm full of job, i'm working 16 hours every day, i don't see to my family but thank you for all
February 11th, 2009 @ 9:12 am
im glad you are better!!!!!
February 11th, 2009 @ 9:13 am
Hey "Vick1138"
I loved your joke on AK 47 :):):) very funny.
& thank you Andrew for the PF.
February 11th, 2009 @ 9:48 am
glad your feeling better champ .
February 11th, 2009 @ 10:00 am
There may be errors in other languages but you can fix by pick-whipping the lens flare center manually.
February 11th, 2009 @ 10:03 am
Thnx for the Flare....I also would like to get your take on NUKE.
February 11th, 2009 @ 10:10 am
Very cool... it looks just like the sun with a light yellow color on the flare....Wonderful!!!! Thanks Andrew. Great to hear you are getting better, and that you won't have to use the text-to-speech program. Your humor probably wouldn't come across the same way if you had to use that thing....;).........although, you text-to-speech demo with the super-fast talking voice cracked me up...very funny.
February 11th, 2009 @ 10:11 am
There are errors in other languages, I what did to fix the problem:
Pcik-whip everything to a Null and move the null.
February 11th, 2009 @ 10:17 am
February 11th, 2009 @ 10:24 am
Sadness.. I guess the AE 7 users are gonna get left behind.
February 11th, 2009 @ 10:34 am
You rock, I've been trying to do a flare like this for a while now. Major thanks.
February 11th, 2009 @ 11:11 am
Curse you Andrew; as much as I love your work it seems that you always release something a mere few days after I work on a project that could have seriously utilized it. I just worked on a music video where all I did was add lens flares but this is exactly what the director was looking for. Oh well, I'm probably going to utilize it in a future video. As always, thank you for being so cool.
February 11th, 2009 @ 11:20 am
is this gonna work with CS4??
February 11th, 2009 @ 11:26 am
thanks Andrew!! you're the best.
February 11th, 2009 @ 12:10 pm
Hi, Andrew

I dont´no speecking Inglish, I´m from Brazil
I like 3d max, post tutorial 3d max.

Tankyou very much.

Samuel Oliveira
----------------------------------------------- Português
Oi, Andrew

Eu não falo Ingles, eu sou do Brasil e trabalho em uma Produtora chamada Cannal Z, compramos seus DVDs são otimos. Gostaria de saber se você vai postar outros tutoriais de 3D max.

Obrigado Samuel Oliveira
February 11th, 2009 @ 12:14 pm
Any chance for AE7?
February 11th, 2009 @ 12:39 pm
sweet. Thx AK
February 11th, 2009 @ 1:04 pm
Thanx for respondin to my post man
February 11th, 2009 @ 1:21 pm
That's purdy... I can't thank you enough for all that you do Andrew.
Oh... I finally GOOGLED the "Newtown" font and downloaded it. Looks great!
February 11th, 2009 @ 3:00 pm
You just put Michael Bay out of business Andrew!
February 11th, 2009 @ 6:09 pm
Wicked! Glad you're feeling better, but I AM disappointed we won't be getting a computer-generated AK in the next tutorial.
February 12th, 2009 @ 1:41 am
I am the Stig!
February 12th, 2009 @ 11:15 am
nice effect... pity it doesn't work with the french version, even by pick-whipping the lens flare center manually :-(
February 12th, 2009 @ 11:40 am
perfect lighting tecnique & color. thank you sir (:
February 12th, 2009 @ 3:40 pm
hola Andrew
Don´t speak inglish
estos poyectos se pueden usa en afte effects cs4
muchas gracias
February 13th, 2009 @ 4:29 am
Thanks for the Nice Project!
Glad your alright Andrew!
February 14th, 2009 @ 9:16 am
I rebuilt this with the Knoll Lens flares, so i could use their obscuration layer feature, but I could work out an Expression to make the new 'stripe' layers opacity change or switch on/off along with the Knoll Lens Flare as it was obscured.

Anyone got any ideas?
February 17th, 2009 @ 1:38 pm
Andrew Andrew Andrew...
ive never commented any of your entries before but this just jumped out at me.
Having been obssesed with Michael Bays awesomeness lens flares forever i would make my own using fractal noise and tweaking that to make stripes then adding glow...
Damn was I excited to see this!
Thanks Alot Andrew!
sound ahmed
August 8th, 2009 @ 2:00 pm
thank u four video copilot
we wait your newest
Nathan Rodriguez
August 15th, 2009 @ 11:41 pm
I want to use three or four of these how is this possible. They all just seem to Stay on the One Lens Flare.
September 20th, 2009 @ 10:29 am
December 31st, 2009 @ 3:15 pm
Hi Andrew,
Am from Nigeria, Safe trained editor, now i want to be a motion graphics editor, thanks for u
January 13th, 2010 @ 2:39 am
thank u

ur product is the best product
February 16th, 2010 @ 4:32 pm
Thank you so much to see this beautiful and diverse programs I wish to become a professional in programming and Bob Fine Thanks

(l) (l) :)
March 8th, 2010 @ 5:24 am
May 10th, 2010 @ 4:46 pm
I love your amazing talent and vision Andrew! Thank God for your birth or I don't even know where I'll be! Plus! I wouldn't even keep going with After Effects if it weren't for you! You kept my interest going!

bow... "Sir Andrew" of After Effects you will always live on in my realm.
Ademola Tella
June 1st, 2010 @ 9:40 am

Thank Yuuu!
July 8th, 2010 @ 3:30 pm
Cool Flare, but it would be easier if the layers were linked to a null object instead of a default lens flare.
By the way i have found the expressions that enable a null object to offset the rotation and distance of lens objects, considering I have gotten into to making custom lens flares in After Effects CS4 because I'm 10 years old so Optical Flares is a little bit pricey.
July 8th, 2010 @ 3:34 pm
PS: I love your Website, Products, tutorials, Creativity, and everything else that has helped me in the process of becoming a Visual Effects and Motion Graphics Artist.
October 21st, 2010 @ 3:57 pm
Dear Andrew,

i check from time to time your projects and i can say that you are a rare gentleman.(wide creative imagination :P )

Best Wishes from Lebanon.
Mark WaGdy
May 3rd, 2011 @ 6:43 am
Amazing Effect Andrew Kramer Is AE God ^_^ :D Thx For TuTorials
Austin Acacio
May 28th, 2011 @ 4:46 pm
Almost looks like optical flares.
May 29th, 2011 @ 11:57 pm
cool, nice flare
June 23rd, 2011 @ 3:49 pm
Was this the start of optical flares? ;)
October 4th, 2011 @ 12:42 am
Thanks Andrew... God bless u!
December 12th, 2011 @ 1:40 am
Muchas Gracias por tu aporte...

December 17th, 2011 @ 8:55 am
i just love andrew's tutarials
Kairrav Dulera
August 29th, 2012 @ 2:09 am
Amazing Effect!! Andrew My Friend ur The Best ever
^_^ :D thanks a lot for All Help.... God bless u!
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