Pinnacle Studio: Understanding the Emboss Effect and Mosaic Effect

Pinnacle Studio is an easy-to-use, non-linear editing program that gives users a ton of effects to choose from. Two of these effects are Emboss and Mosaic.


The Emboss effect is a decorative design that literally raises the subject from the background. The effect locates contrast lines and adds shadow to the light area that it determines to be the background, so that it is indistinguishable from the subject. This is an old effect that you don't see used very often. The closest thing to compare it to looks-wise is an engraving. When this effect is combined with others, it can create a very powerful and unique image.


The Mosaic effect is derived from one of mankind's earliest art forms, the mosaic. The mosaic combined small, solid colored square tiles to create an overall image and was common in ancient Roman world. The Mosaic effect works on the same principal. It breaks your images into small, square tiles, with each one having a solid color. Individually, there is nothing special about these squares, but when combined, they create your image. This look was very popular in the 1980s and was one of the first video effects. It's still used today, but it is not nearly as popular as it used to be.

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