Creating Glows with the Aperture Diffraction ResolveFX Plugin

October 5, 2022

Learn how to get a physically realistic glow-like effect by manipulating the properties of Aperture Diffraction's “virtual” iris.


Glows Part 3: Modifying Resolve’s Diffraction Effect to Create Custom Glows

For artists not used to diving deep into effects, the Aperture Diffraction ResolveFX can feel a bit intimidating. It’s totally acceptable to feel that right off the bat when approaching this tool for the first time. In this Insight, you’ll watch a detailed walkthrough of the Aperture Diffraction effect and I’ll highlight some of the important (aka most useful) controls that will help you get the most out of this underrated effect.

Key takeaways from this Insight

By the end of this Insight, you should:

  1. Understand that the “Brightness” control acts similar to the threshold control in other Glow effects in this series (in that it sets the range in which the highlights are isolated to be “glowed”).
  2. Know that glows can be colored using the color mode option for unique effects and creative looks possibilities.
  3. Be able to use the “Aperture Controls” tools for adjusting the shape and texture of the glow, by emulating a “virtual”  iris. By adjusting the properties of that “virtual” iris via its shape, size, rotation, etc, you will understand how to get unique, physically realistic adjustments to the glow.

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  • Jason, how do you find this compares to the Scatter plugin? Seems like it has some similarities.

    • Hey Brandon –
      With a good amount of adjustment, you likely could get the Aperture Diffraction (+ other glow) effect(s) to look similar to something out of Scatter. However, I feel the true artistic utility of a plug-ins like Scatter come directly from its preset library – and thats one area where it truly stands above the included effects. Hope that helps!

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