Premiere Pro Tutorial Part 73: Creating a Simple Dreamy Glow Effect

By Andrew Devis (doodleNEWS)

Adobe Premiere Pro has some great tools, and we’ve already looked at several of them. Some basic visual effects are part of those tools and in this tutorial, we want to look at how to create an effect that softens and puffs the highlights to create a dreamy glow look. This can be easily done within Adobe Premiere Pro by using effects and an adjustment layer.

The Original Look

The Original Look

The first thing you need to do is create a new ‘Adjustment Layer’ File>New>Adjustment Layer… . However, for some reason this option is sometimes greyed out – so instead, create it through the project panel with the ‘New Items’ icon.

reating Through the Project Panel

Creating Through the Project Panel

This adds the adjustment layer to your project panel and you need to drag it to the layer above your clips and trim it out the fit over all the clips you want affected.

Adjustment Layer trimmed over clips

Trimmed out to Fit the Clips

Next, add Gaussian Blur to the Adjustment Layer. The advantage of Gaussian Blur is that in its controls you can choose to blur Horizontal, Vertical or both which gives you options for the look you’re trying to create.

Blur Options

Blur Options in ‘Effects’ Panel

Blur Controls

Blur Controls in ‘Effect Controls’ Panel

Select the Repeat Edge Pixels Box

Select the Repeat Edge Pixels Box

Selecting the ‘Repeat Edge Pixels’ checkbox makes sure the blur goes out over the edge of the adjustment layer rather than giving an odd edge around the clip. Next, increase the blur amount and then go up in the ‘Effect Controls’ panel and open up the ‘Opacity’ settings.

Opacity Options

Opacity Options

Here is where the magic happens. In the ‘Blend Mode’ dropdown choose ‘Lighten’. Next, turn off the blue stopwatch (unless you want to animate the change) and turn the ‘Opacity’ settings down from 100% to lower the effect.

Lastly, play with the blur amount and the opacity settings and the blend mode until you get the look you want.

The Final Look

The Final Look

In our next Premiere Pro tutorial, we’ll take a look at how to convert stereo audio to dual mono. Meanwhile, don’t forget to check out our growing list of Premiere Pro tutorials here.



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