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Quick Tip #2: Let There Be Light

Adding Life to the Humble Photo Montage Using Drag & Drop Light Leaks

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If you are a video editor or motion graphics designer, its a fact of life that at some point in your career, you will be handed a stack of photos and asked to make a slide show, or to add a photo montage to a video. Today, anyone with iPhoto and 5 minutes can turn out a respectable Ken Burns-style montage with nicely timed pans and pushes that make watching pictures of your friend's new baby a bit more bearable. So how does a video professional make something different and better without taking a lot of time? Well, here is one idea, using Digital Juice's Drag & Drop Light Leaks. Light Leaks are organic light flares that you can drop right on top of your videos to make them stand out just a little more. Still photos are inherently static, so adding a Light Leak effect on top of a photo can add a spark of life that's just not possible with cuts, dissolves, pans or pushes alone. And since a photo montage is often used to evoke a feeling or represent a memory, the addition of a Light Leak can intensify this feeling by subtly bathing the photo in a warm aura of light. Combined with the right music or voiceover, the effect can be very powerful and very professional. Best of all, you can do it all right in the editing software you are most comfortable with. No need to learn After Effects to pull this off. So the next time you have a slide show to produce, try adding one of the Drag & Drop Light Leaks and make those photos shine.

  • Release Date: November 5, 2013
  • Video Type: Non-Screen Capture Training
  • Category: Editing, Motion Graphics
  • Skill Level: Beginner

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