How to use light leaks in Adobe Premiere Pro CC September 02 2013

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...or read on for a step by step guide to using light leaks in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

If you want to test this guide out but have no light leaks of your own, head over here for a free set of light leaks to test out and experiment with.


1. Download your light leak purchase.

All purchases on LightLeakLove are digital downloads. This means that once you have purchased a collection of ours you will receive a download link to your email, click the hyperlink given to download straight to your computer.


2. Unzip downloaded light leak files.

To unzip on Mac - simply double click on the package.

To unzip on PC - right-click the Zip file and select “Extract All…” or “Extract Here”. Extract All will allow you to set a path for the extracted folder to go, and Extract Here will uncompress the folder and leave it in the same location as the ZIP file.

3. Import light leaks into Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

To import your new light leaks into Adobe Premiere Pro CC simply open your project and choose FILE > IMPORT (or use keyboard shortcut ⌘I for mac, CTL-I for PC) and select the light leak files from the popup window.

You can also drag and drop the files directly from the finder!

4. Choose light leak you want to use.

Scrub through the light leak until you find a bit you like.
Then set your in and out points, highlighting the bit of the light leak you want to use.

5. Position chosen light leak on layer above existing footage.

If your original footage is on V1 then you should position the light leak clip on V2, directly above the footage you want to influence.

6. Change the composite mode of the light leak.

To do this, double click on the light leak in your timeline.

Click on the ‘Effect Controls’ tab in your source window.

Then click the triangle next to ‘Opacity’.

There you will see ‘Blend Mode’. Change that to your desired composite mode.

Screen mode will give you the classic light leak look.

However, don’t be afraid to experiment with other composite modes - see this article for more info on what each of the different composite modes do.

7. Experiment, experiment, experiment.

Now you know how to apply a light leak to your footage you can spend time tweaking and experimenting to get the exact look you’re after. Here are a couple of things you can do to help craft an individual look.

- Change Color.

Playing with the light leak clip color will allow you to change the light leak from warm to cool and from saturated to monotone.

- Speed

Speeding up light leaks can give a frantic feel to your footage - this works well for action sports footage such as skateboarding or motocross. Slowing a light leak down can help give a relaxed vibe.

- Flip/Flop

Want the light leak to come from left of frame, not right? Thats easy, just flop the shot!

- Use multiple light leaks at once

Using more than one light leak can really help define the tone you’re going for. For a truly unique look use light leaks from different collections.


There you have it!
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