How to Use Knoll Light Factory for After Effects CS6 to Create Stunning Lens Flares
Knoll Light Factory is a popular plugin that allows you to create realistic and customizable lens flares in Adobe After Effects CS6. Whether you want to enhance your motion graphics, visual effects, music videos, or transitions, Knoll Light Factory can help you achieve photo-realistic results with ease.
In this article, we will show you how to use Knoll Light Factory for After Effects CS6 to create stunning lens flares for your projects. We will cover the following topics:
How to install and activate Knoll Light Factory for After Effects CS6
How to access and apply Knoll Light Factory effects in After Effects CS6
How to use the Lens Editor to customize your lens flares
How to use the automated behaviors and lens textures features
How to use the 3D camera-aware and GPU-optimized features
How to use the cinematic presets and create your own presets
How to Install and Activate Knoll Light Factory for After Effects CS6
To install Knoll Light Factory for After Effects CS6, you need to download the plugin from the official website of Red Giant Software[^1^]. You can either buy the plugin for $199 or download a free trial version for 14 days.
After downloading the plugin, run the installer and follow the instructions. You will need to enter your serial number or sign in with your Red Giant account to activate the plugin.
Once the installation is complete, you can launch After Effects CS6 and start using Knoll Light Factory.
How to Access and Apply Knoll Light Factory Effects in After Effects CS6
To access and apply Knoll Light Factory effects in After Effects CS6, you need to create a new composition and add a new layer with your image or video sequence. Then, go to Effect > Red Giant > Knoll Light Factory[^2^]. This will apply the default lens flare effect to your layer.
You can adjust the position, color, brightness, angle, and obscuration of the lens flare by using the effect controls panel. You can also use the on-screen controls to drag and rotate the light source on your layer.
To change the type of lens flare, you can use the drop-down menu next to Lens Type in the effect controls panel. You can choose from various effects created by lens flares such as Star Filter, Glow Ball, Poly Spike, Basic Spotlight, and more[^2^].
How to Use the Lens Editor to Customize Your Lens Flares
To use the Lens Editor to customize your lens flares, you need to click on the Options button in the effect controls panel. This will open a new window where you can edit every aspect of your lens flare.
The Lens Editor consists of three main sections: Elements List, Element Controls, and Preview Window[^2^]. The Elements List shows all the elements that make up your lens flare. You can add, delete, duplicate, or reorder them by using the buttons at the bottom of the list. The Element Controls allow you to modify the properties of each element such as size, color, brightness, rotation, position, blend mode, etc. The Preview Window shows a live preview of your lens flare as you edit it.
You can also use the buttons at the top of the Lens Editor window to zoom in or out, reset or undo changes, save or load presets, or access online help[^2^].
How to Use the Automated Behaviors and Lens Textures Features
To use the automated behaviors and lens textures features, you need to go to the Behavior tab and Texture tab in the Element Controls section of the Lens Editor window.
The Behavior tab allows you to add automated animations to your lens flare elements such as pulsing, flickering, strobing, randomizing, etc[^2^]. You can adjust the speed, intensity, variation, and sync options for each behavior. You can also use 0efd9a6b88