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AlphaStar tutorial for After Effects.

Dynamic rays behind text.

In this tutorial you will study how to create incredible special effects with the help of one module from AlphaStar plug-ins bundle. This lesson shows how to create beautiful rays which shine behind of some text, logo, silhouette or any other object. You can animate the movement of light source and decorate your video with fantastical and professional lighting effects.

For reproduce steps of this tutorial you should have installed AlphaStar plug-ins bundle on your computer. Download software you can find here.

Create a new project (Ctrl+Alt+N).

Create a new composition (Ctrl+N).

Create a new text layer. Select the menu item Layer/New/Text (Ctrl+Alt+Shift+T). Adjust position, size, font and color of text as you want. (See Pic.1.)

Now you can apply the effect AlphaStar - Rays. You can find it in menu Effects/AlphaPlugins. If you haven't this plug-ins yet then you can download it from here. Just download it, launch installer and follow instructions.

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Text layer in After Effect composition
Pic.1. Text layer
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Default AlphaStar - Rays
Pic.2. Deffault settings
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You will see some like in the Pic 2. It is too far from our aim yet. Don't be shy. After few simple steps you will estimate the power of this plug-in.

Check that the Path dropdown listbox is selected as None.

Set next list box Standard path as Contour alpha channel. Now the contour of our text will be automatically traced and a vector mask will be constructed. You will see a result like as Pic.3.

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Automatically contour tracing
Pic.3. Automatically contour tracing
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Centripetal rays directions
Pic.4. Centripetal rays direction
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Now you should select a direction for rays. Select the item Centripetal in Orientation listbox. Now your picture looks like Pic.4.

Now it is time to adjust appearance of rays.

Go to Geometry list of parameters.
Select Type4 in dropdown list Type.
Set Size parameter as 100.
Set Width as 127.
You can see an intermediate result like Pic.5.

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Geometrical parameters of rays
Pic.5. Geometry parameters
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Now we should adjust colour and intensity of our rays.

Go into Colour parameters list.Set Value parameter as 13.You can self adjust such parameters as Colour dispersion, Fading, Colour oscillation and etc. to receive an even more impressive picture.

Now we should set a mixing mode. Find the last parameter Mix with original in list of parameters. Set this parameter as Add. You can keep this parameter as Replace and use build-in After Effects means for layer mixing. Just use two layers. One layer with original text and second layer with applied effect. And use After Effects blending tools for mixing these layers. (Use menu Layers/Blending Mode).

Now we should animate the movement of our source of light. Go to in parameters list Source of rays. Find the parameter Center of centripetal. Go into first frame of your composition and adjust the position of this parameter as you want (Dont forget to do this parameter animated). Go into the last frame of your composition and also adjust the position of Center of centripetal. Render your composition.

As the last step you can set the parameter Random seed in parameter list Source of rays for adjusting chaotic rays' picture.

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In this tutorial we have studied several basic approaches how to work with plug-in module AlphaStar - Rays. You studied how to create the interesting lighting effects when a light source is moving behind the text layer. I hope you can discover many helpful features of this outstanding plug-in.

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In this lesson you will study how to add beautiful moving stars on edges of any opaque object, like text, typing, subscribe, logo, silhouette or something like it. Also you will be familiarized how to adjust basic parameters of AlphaStar - Starsfall plug-in and you will understand the main idea how to use them and which parameters are responsible for what effects.
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