New Tutorial Tip: Selective Glow FX

Have you ever needed to add a glow to a specific color? Like an explosion, or signal light without affecting the rest of the image.
In this short tutorial I’ll show you a fast technique that will allow you add a glow to a specific color only and avoid the color mixing that occurs when using traditional luminance based glows.

Key Features:

  • Ability to Refine and Color Correct Glow
  • Procedural Effect, auto-updates
  • Use Keying tools to refine color selection
  • Works on a single adjustment layer, no pre-composing!
  • Not just for JetStrike! Great technique for all projects!

Don’t forget I’m doing an After Effects presentation in Los Angeles tonight for DMALA! (Monday night) If you are around, please register and come by!
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8 years ago
5 years ago
Perfect! I just used it to make the LEDs on an imported CAD model glow. Saved a lot of time as compared to doing it in 3DS Max with a color channel. Thanks.
8 years ago
Great tutorial, I´ll use it for some templates that I make. Thanks as always Andrew.
Militar VZLA
8 years ago
Jetstrike-2 (choppter)????.... the aviation is not only planes....
8 years ago
wow.. cool, nice work
Bayu Rahmawan
8 years ago
Misael Torres
8 years ago
hey guys look at my latest video from my youtube channel
with element 3d and action essential2
8 years ago
A spider and snake pack whould be cool where you can control the movement of all diffrent snakes and spiders and also ad texture skins and hairs whould be a cool pack
8 years ago
Anyone that has been inside of after effects and been playing with it for more than a few months should be able to figure this out without a tutorial... Shaking head. Good for inexperienced people I guess, but I hope people that couldn't figure this out don't just go and buy a plug-in expecting to be original. Let us raise and cultivate creativity once more.
8 years ago
8 years ago
Great quick tutorial. There's a lot of cool things there to use for more than just lighting :)

Just wondering, why is this one NOT on the tutorial page?
8 years ago
Thank you Sir for all the knowledge that you shared!
8 years ago
Can you provide a couple 3d cloud displacement animations similar to the upcoming sonic boom shockwaves you will bless us with? There isn't really anything in action essentials 2 that works to accomplish what your team pulled off with the jet shooting through the clouds in the trailer.

I believe this will also be very helpful when animating a chopper hovering in dense atmosphere/fog using your upcoming Chopper Pack!

Can I get an Amen?
Hi @all
Take a look at our latest experimental project called "Jet Strike | Aerial Photography" .. It's entirely done in Adobe After Effects CC using Element 3D and the new "Jet Strike" model pack .. Enjoy !
8 years ago
Hey Everybody!
There was an event in Hungary, is a small village where the kids had the chance to create various "faces" of pumpkins. And after that I had an idea: Oh yeah, I watched Andrew's newest tut, so I recreate that! :D
Here is the result:

So, thanks Andrew the new idea, because it was new for me!
And please check this vid out, and like it via Youtube:
Thx guys! ;)
8 years ago
Hiii Andrew..

Andrew i want some sound tutorial. It means how i will design a sound for our demo reel..
    8 years ago
    Andrew please tell me how to make perfect sound Design for our demo reel..
8 years ago
hey mr Andrew
give us some tutorials about how to use jets with live action footages
8 years ago
Hola,me encantan tu vídeos y lo que puede llegar hacer con los efectos,pero quería pedirte un puede colocar traducción o doblaje de idioma a español latino,
te agradeciera mucho
8 years ago
For those worried about Keylight being a little slow you can get rid of the pre-blur. I noticed that pre-blur alone seems to almost double render times.

If you find that you need it for good results then you could always work without it then turn it on later to render. That's what I did for a recent project.
8 years ago
Awesome tip Andrew, thanks!
gungaz gungaz
8 years ago
Thank you man here in Tanzania we don't have reliable internet so can you give us a option to download this project so we can use it latter without problem
8 years ago
Hey guys. I am not black belt in AE. So I need an answer to my question. Is there a way to do this process without pre rendering the whole scene? By the way Andrew thanks for everything Sifu!
    8 years ago
    Of course! Either precomp, or work directly in your compositing comp within the stack. Whatever fits your workflow
8 years ago
amazing job are always the best bro
Vizual Alkemi
8 years ago
Fantastic! AK! Great tip! You are a wealth of resources and it is greatly appreciated!
Kevann Boussac
8 years ago
Really helpfull tutorial ! Check what I did :

Any idea to make it better? Thank's
8 years ago
Hi there VC! Mr. Andrew, I have a question about the FlightKit Pack. If I buy it, do I get those awesome BG's that you use in your tutorials with the jets, or just 12 360 degrees mirrored sky maps? Thx Man and you did a great job with your guys :)
8 years ago
8 years ago
Thank you so much for this tutorial, I really enjoy learning these type of skills.
8 years ago
May i know ur pc config andrew especially ur graphics card.
i have radeon 6750 2gb ddr3 and i face many problem working in ae.
Great work as always
8 years ago
This dude never ceases to amaze me. Every morning even before facebook or twitter I check videocopilot for new tuts
8 years ago
Hey Andrew! Are you planning to do some composite tutorial with the jets and explosions?
8 years ago
Andrew, you should create an iPhone app for Video Copilot, that displays all of VC tutorials, last posts, login section for customers, idk. It would be much more practical and easy to know the VC news. (sorry for my English)
Thank you :D
8 years ago
What I most like about this tutorial is that it's not just a way to put a glow on a specific color, but a good way to isolate anything on black to apply any kind of effect/filter we want to!

Thanks Kramer, for the good ideas for good best practices on video compositing!
8 years ago
Awesome tips, you guys always bring the best, thank you
8 years ago
Hi Andrew,
I noticed how fast your element 3d with the two jets and explosions was, and I know you have a great GPU, but when you switched to the video of the traffic light, it seemed quite slow to scrub through. what CPU are you using?
    8 years ago
    there is no element in this tutorial, all the scenes are pre-rendered. You can see, that it say jets_glow.jpg in Andrew's timeline.
    8 years ago
    Fair enough. I overlooked that. But my point remains. In the past, his element renderings have been way fast. There's no logical reason that it should be struggling so much to render than traffic light footage...
    Element 4D
    8 years ago
    I was thinking of the same thing as Simon while watching this tutorial. I am glad that someone picked this up and asked about it. Could it be that he was using a different PC for this tutorial, perhaps a slower one?
8 years ago
those 10 seconds add up in a 14hr work day! thanks.
8 years ago
Thanks for the compositing tips! It seems simple, but it makes a huge difference. Would love more of these general compositing tips :)
8 years ago
The only thing i was looking was Jet Plane explosion scene which u made...
Andrew is this a Next Tutorial??Jet explosion??
I Hope the Jet explosion is our Big,big,big Tutorial in some days...
8 years ago
Thanks Andrew, I never thought in this way before...
8 years ago
Very cool, and very useful.
8 years ago
As always you rock my world young man! How on earth did you learn all this stuff about AF?
8 years ago
Great tip!!! Thanks!!!
8 years ago
thank you Andrew . you is the best
8 years ago
Thanks for another very usefull tutorial!
8 years ago
I REALLY needed a really advanced glow tut with tips! I usually use a LOT of glow, that's why!
8 years ago
Thank you for that elegant and straightforward solution!
8 years ago
Cool tutorial. The only downside is that this effect setup is really performance intensive. I mean on the streetlight-glow Andrew did you see it getting a bit laggy already when playing around with the settings.

And this is just a 720p or 1080p jpg-screenshot. Now imagine this on actual video-footage or even a regular comp with several CGI / Element Layers … on a regular machine, cause I think the one Andrew used is his killer machine he uses for work / the tutorials.

I mean sure you can save this effect and just apply it to you comp after having finished all the compositing and add some extra 10 hours to you render time. But imagine further: the customer wants the font size of his station ID changed and - bam - you need to explain why this change takes a whole day to be done. Lol - stupid customer one might say but I think you get the point.

I think the main reason is the keylight-plugin. Maybe there is a faster way to do this with color-range or smth like that.

Other then that … still a great way to solve many peoples problems on glows.
    8 years ago
    Keylight is slow but so is the Glow Effect. If you use a diff color selector like Color Range, it's very fast!
Sanyam Goel
8 years ago
Great!! I always run to these type of glow problems..
    8 years ago
    Great tip Andrew, wouldn't have thought of doing it like this:) bit to late though... just finished my metropolitan/Jetstrike composition:D

    Leave some comments or critique please:
8 years ago
Awesome as always AK... :)
8 years ago
Thanks a lot Andrew. Your tutorials are really, really great stuff. Even for ma as a photographer and more into photoshop there are so many useful tips and as we have to evolve more into film extremly helpful, explained that a dummy like me can follow.
greets Uwe
8 years ago
Thanks so much Andrew. You've helped me become a better filmmaker even in movies that don't require crazy VFX like this one:
    Warren Reed
    8 years ago
    I really liked that, Josh, keep going! Hey guys, you should check this out.
    8 years ago
    Wow, Josh. That was really well done. Got me all misty-eyed this morning :)

    Keep up the great work, man!
    8 years ago
    Nice job video with a strong message. Keep up the good work Josh!!
    8 years ago
    Nice Job Josh! I'll give you a like when I'm on my other system. Tell Matthew that the music was perfect for the video and really helped make the piece powerful. Good work!
    8 years ago
    I saw the other comments so I had to watch. Awesome work man!
8 years ago
really cool a lot use,for this technique, gonna use this on a practical model to simulate a large wave. Going to use black powder (not gunpowder) against white screen, then invert then use this glow technique and key frame the glow (white) to create mist/spray on the initial strike. Cheers Andrew!
8 years ago
Great tips and a great way to start the week! Thanks Andrew!
8 years ago
A man thnkx for all the tutorials i really appreciate it... i can go get a Job Doin CGI type FX's now.. all cuz u Andrew... Hey just a Thought why dont u save us some time... and make a preset... that would be dope... Not tht kinda Dope... Peace Man...
    8 years ago
    You should not be playing around with After Effects if you can't follow simple instructions.
    We're all here to learn, not to copy!
    You will learn a lot faster and better if you understand why he does what he does in the tutorials.
    8 years ago
    @okornyal, maybe you should trying being a little more friendly on here. I think it funny how you say we're here to learn not copy, when the majoirty of people probably yourself included copy his tutorials and post the results on youtube. I love what Andrew Kramer has done, but I see videos all the time with Andrew Kramer effects in them. They try to make them look different, but they always end up as something I can spot. Lastly, don't try telling someone else that they shouldn't be playing around with After Effects if they can't follow simple instructions, it just makes you sound very arrogant and not a very nice person. He can use AE for what ever he wants and how he wants, it has nothing to do with you.
    8 years ago
    Overall, Okornyal is right but you're also right. He's right because people should learn the techniques rather than hoping for a preset for everything. You wont go far in VFX with that mentality. But you're right because the way he said it came of as a bit arrogant.