A simple, often-overlooked technique to add sophistication to your graphics.
By Chris and Trish Meyer |
February 28, 2013
Earlier this week, we posted a video on using 3D lights in After Effects to enhance a scene. One of the main reasons for doing so was to add a vignette, where the edges of the frame were darkened, and the center of the frame - where the main action occurred and the main title appeared - was brightened. It’s not as sexy as blowing something up, but it is an effective, more subtle way to help focus the viewer’s attention on the area we wanted, and not have them unduly distracted by non-essential action happening in the background.
A few years ago, we created an entire video course dedicated to different ways of creating vignettes. Among the techniques demonstrated were: