November 19, 2010

Blend modes in Premiere Pro & beyond

Chris Meyer looks at Blend Modes in Adobe Premiere Pro. Layer composite modes were added in Premiere CS4, though forever a feature in FCP where layer dupes and mode changes sometimes served as quick & dirty color correction or a soft focus look (with a blur on the top layer). See also Chris' older Composite Modes in Final Cut Pro.

For more, see Blending modes and layer styles in AE Help, AEP posts tagged blend modes, and The Pass Through Blend Mode and others in a series of recent posts on blend modes in Photoshop by Adobe's Julieanne Kost.

There's in-depth treatment of concepts behind blending modes in various Adobe docs, but good practical in-depth info can be found in handy books like Mark Christiansen's Adobe After Effects CS5 Visual Effects and Compositing Studio Techniques and Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects by Chris & Trish Meyer.

Update: Peachpit posted a sample tutorial on blending modes from After Effects CS5: Learn by Video; Todd Kopriva's description of the package was posted here earlier.

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