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Using Light Rays effect on silhouette in underwater video

New Here ,
Nov 19, 2023 Nov 19, 2023

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Hi everyone,

I'm making a video using pictures and videos from my recent trip to Hawaii, and I'm looking for some guidance on adding effects to a part of the video. To summarize, I want to add the Light Rays or Glow effects to a silhouette of a turtle that's underwater.

 

Before I begin, I'm relatively new to the Adobe product suite, with basic Photoshop and Premiere Pro experience. For example, I know what a layer is, but a mask is uncharted territory. I am more than willing to dedicate the time and effort needed to complete this project the correct way; I just need a solid jumping-off point.

 

Here's more detail about my goal and the material with which I'm working. For the material, I have an underwater video I took with a GoPro. At several points in the video, you can see the faint silhouette of a turtle swimming in the distance. It's quite magical, in my opinion. My ultimate goal is, using After Effects and the Light Rays or Glow effects, to surround the turtle with a glow or light beams. I've included an image with the effect I'm imagining.

Turtle.jpgEffect.jpg

 

Here's a list of what I believe I need to accomplish:

  1.  Make the silhouette easier to see without distorting the rest of the video;
  2.  Add the Light Rays or Glow effects to the silhouette; and
  3.  Add animation so that the effects follow the turtle throughout the video.

 

Thanks in advance for any help.

 

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LEGEND ,
Nov 19, 2023 Nov 19, 2023

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The only way to even extract the tortoise would be manual masking. There's nothing there that would allow any effect to latch on and extract a matte (semi-)automatically.

 

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Nov 27, 2023 Nov 27, 2023

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Thanks for your reply. 

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