Vignetting with feathered mask shapes in After Effects

Published by | Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Vignetting is a classic photography technique involving darkening areas of an image in order to focus the viewers attention on a desired point of interest. In After Effects: Extended Vignette Techniques, Chris Meyer shows how vignettes can also be leveraged in video. He demonstrates how to frame a subject better, fix a poorly composed shot, give a vintage feel, create “quiet areas” to overlay text and other graphics, and how to blend an image over a new background. Vignettes can be created using masking, shape layers, and gradients. Be sure to check out the entire course for more insight and techniques.

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One Response to “Vignetting with feathered mask shapes in After Effects”

  1. Geoff says:

    How are you able to work in 8bpc and not get banding on your gradient mask? I seem to have awful banding, even in 32bpc.

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