3 Ways to Work with Trapcode Shine

Trapcode Shine is a powerful and speedy solution (in plug-in form) for the Adobe After Effects software package. The plug-in greatly enhances the functionality aspect of the base software and provides a powerful interface that can help you create some of the best lighting effects right on your Adobe After Effects timeline. It allows you to produce Hollywood quality lighting right on your desktop environment by leveraging the Adobe After Effects software platform. If you are new to lighting and Trapcode, you can easily choose from the many preset choices to get rolling quickly. You will need After Effects from Adobe and Trapcode Shine

1. Combining CC Composite

You can use the CC composite by going to Effects > Channels and choosing CC composite. It allows you to render the original composition on top of the shine effect. You can put the shine effects behind the original and manipulate the RGB. This will allow you to render the text on top of the shine layer without actually duplicating layers, maintaining extra layers and pre-compositions. Everything you need to do can be done in one single layer and it greatly reduces the hassles of handling multiple layers and compositions.

2. Alpha Edges

The Trapcode shine also provides a number of lightness options to render the image quickly and efficiently. This tutorial discusses the alpha options here. Setup some 3D text in a new composition and a camera to go with it. Add any additional materials or layers that you may like to incorporate, and get the text ready to render some shine on. You will now go to the colorize section and try out the ‘Alpha Edges’ channel and add a color map of your choice. Experiment with some ray lengths, boosts and shimmers to get it right according to your taste. This can be used to create much cleaner, minimalistic and subtle effects.

3. Comp Expression

You will create a 3D volumetric lighting effect along with some camera angles and nice HD video of your choice to complete the assembly materials. You can create a volumetric light that will filter through the video in real time and create a three-dimensional effect to interact and move in 3D space. To do this, you will need to create an adjustment layer and apply Trapcode shine to that layer. You will now go to transfer mode and set it to ‘Add’. Change the colorize settings to none; this will make the light grab original color from the video itself. But the source point is still locked and the light will not move in three-dimensional space. To do this, you will create a null object and then convert it to a 3D layer. Create a source point that will equate its 2D location based on the null object’s 3d location.

You can use the above tips to get more out of your Trapcode Shine experience.