Game Development Reference
Now all that's left to do is to duplicate this layer, and remove
the effects applied to the copy on the bottom. Then take the
layer on top (the one with the effects) into the Multiply blend
mode in the Timeline panel. This will remove the highlights in
the Find Edges effect and darken the mosaic lines. This cre-
ates an organic grid like a large video screen, or a series of tiles
(Fig. 17.28 ).
Figure 17.28 Our fi nal results
after blending the results of
the Find Edges and Mosaic
The Glow Effect
The Glow effect is without question my favorite Stylize effect,
and is one of the fi ve effects I rate at the top in all of After Effects.
The Glow effect obviously adds a glow to a layer, but it's not the
same version you would fi nd in Photoshop. The glow effects you
fi nd in Photoshop (and After Effects) layer styles create an outer
or inner glow around a layer's transparency. In contrast, the Glow
effect creates contrast and brightens highlights, and can even
add blur to the glow to exaggerate it further. If you want to create
effects with light or anything glowing, you will almost certainly
want to try out the Glow effect.
Open the Glow.aep project from the Chapter 17 folder of the
exercise fi les. This project contains three comps to help you mas-
ter and appreciate the Glow effect. Let's start with the Glow Start
comp (Fig. 17.29 ).
The Glow Start comp contains the 3DS Max render from the
3D application. Renders from 3D applications have a tendency to
look very dull and lifeless. This image is supposed to be glowing
fi ery lava, instead it looks like a cheeseburger that got run over by
a truck. Apply the Glow effect to the lava layer (Fig. 17.30).