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Blue Moon

Fantasy full moon in Adobe After Effects By Stephen Schleicher

July is a Blue Moon month!  Not the blue moon of the song, and not an actual blue moon, but a moon that is full twice in one month.  With After Effects, you can create your own blue moon anytime you want, and this exercise will show you how.

When you see action films, one establishing shot you always see is a huge full moon rising over the city. While it may not always be practical (or possible) to go and shoot a real full moon, it is very easy to recreate the shot in the post application of your choice.

Step 1:  In Adobe After Effects create a New Composition (Control+N on the PC, Command+N on the Mac).  Make this composition any size you want as you will be resizing it later.  For his exercise a comp size of 720x480 (D1/DV NTSC Preset) will work just fine.

Step 2:  Create a New Solid (Control+Y on the PC, Command+Y on the Mac).  Make the layer the same size as your composition and select White as the Solid Color.

Step 3:  From the Tools Palette, select the Oval Mask and in the Comp Window create a constrained circular mask in the middle of the layer.

Step 4:  To ?take the edge off the hard mask, press the F key (with the Moon layer selected in the Timeline) to bring up the Feather property for the mask.  Change the Feather Amount to 1 or 2 pixels.

If I were to stop there and tell you that was all there was too it, you would be rioting outside my door by the time the Sun rose.  Fear not dear reader, there are a few more steps we can do to make this a more believable moon.


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