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Classic Course: Bilateral Blur

Blurring the color channels while keeping luminance sharp can create some impressionistic images.

Our next movie exploring blur effects dives into the mysterious, under-used Adobe After Effects plug-in Bilateral Blur. It is based on the concept that our eyes are much more sensitive to detail in luminance information (black and white) than they are to color information. By blurring the color channels and keeping the luminance sharp, you can create some dreamy, impressionistic images that are still easy for the viewer to “read”:

These movies previously appeared in our Insight Into Effects course on Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning. They’ve retired that course from their library, so we’re making them available publicly for free.


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Chris & Trish Meyer founded Crish Design (formerly known as CyberMotion) in the very earliest days of the desktop motion graphics industry. Their design and animation work has appeared on shows and promos for CBS,…

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