Harry generously notes some alternatives to Red Giant and Trapcode effects he used. But wait, there's more:
- Tilt-shift blurring alternatives to MB Looks can be found at AE Portal.
- Replacing Shine will require a bit of extra work with the built-in Light Burst effect; Harry's previous tip and an alternative can be found in 3D volumetric lights with Shine or Lightburst.
- Dust particles can be generated with AE's built-in tools; Eran Stern offers a free project that creates floating dust using CC Particle World. Additional perspective can be found in 'Light Transmission' + 'Natural Light Effects' by Trish and Chris Meyer.
Red Giant QuickTip #39: Fairytale Lighting in After Effects from Red Giant Software on Vimeo.