Overlay Effects in Adobe Premiere CS5.5

Want to give your clips a creepy, “shot through a material” vibe?  That material can really be anything you want it to be, be it a coffee filter or a honeycomb (which I used in this tutorial, thanks to my wallet). And the best part — it’s done pretty much the same way you would do it in Photoshop!

First, import your two video clips (one for the footage itself and one for the “material”). Then lay them out in the timeline with the material clip on a layer above the footage.

Clips on top of one another

Our clips stacked on top of one another.

Then, select your material clip and enter the effect settings by double-clicking. Go into the “Opacity” effect category and expand it. From there, play with the opacity settings as you feel necessary (It’s OK to leave it at 100 because of the blend settings we’re about to make), and then adjust the blend mode. This will tell Premiere to mix the two clips together in a variety of ways, one of them being the “Divide” setting. This is quite good for giving a “thermal camera”-esque look to your footage:

Adobe Premiere effects window.

Our opacity effect.

And it’s about that simple! Here you can see the honeycomb “material” overlaying the actual video footage, along with the color boost given to us by the Divide effect!

The final effect.

The final effect.

Ryan Craig


~ by ryanwcraig on November 5, 2012.

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