After Effects Plug-ins

Customize S_LensFlare with Sapphire, Free Demo

Lens flares are one of the most popular visual effects for motion graphic artists. Discover how to create varying types of flares with the Lens Flare plug-in. This tutorial teaches you how to quickly choose the right flare and customize several different types of lens flares by adjusting rays, light, colors, and more.

Note: This post has been updated with new links for Sapphire.

Sapphire tools were also top winners in the 2017 Toolfarm Top 10 Awards!

Here’s an older tutorial from August 2016 that you may enjoy.

Sapphire is the essential visual effects suite for broadcast, advertising, and film.

Sapphire saves you valuable time and money. Discover the superior image quality, control, render speed, and impact on viewer engagement compared to other plug-ins. Glow EdgeRays, LensFlare, Lightning, FilmEffect, Warps, and Textures are just a few examples that enable you to create sophisticated and stunning, yet completely organic looks, unmatched in the industry.

And there are options!

Get Sapphire Perpetual License – Available hosts include: Adobe and OFX; Avid; Autodesk (Flame, Inferno, Smoke, Smoke for Mac, Flint, Flare, and Burn); a license for All Hosts: Adobe, OFX, Avid, and Autodesk; and a Floating License Add-On.

Buy Sapphire – Annual Subscriptions – Host support: Multi-Host: Adobe and OFX; Multi-Host: Adobe, OFX, Avid, and Autodesk; Avid; Autodesk

Or Sapphire Unit: Lighting – Featuring Integrated Mocha Tracking and Masking

Flawlessly simulate natural and synthetic lights with the legendary Sapphire Lighting Unit.

Sapphire Units are only available as a perpetual license.

Sapphire Units are multi-host. One license gives users access to all supported hosts on the same machine.

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More about Lens Flares

I did a 5-part series on Lens Flares a while back focusing on the general and expanding to specifics with several plug-ins. You can read the articles here:

CINEMA 4D Tutorial

Tutorial: Create Balloons Using Cloth Dynamics from eyedesyn + GSG Sales Info

EJ Hassenfratz explains how to create fun mylar balloons with the cloth engine and vertex maps in Cinema 4D.

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