Blurred/Glowing Highlights – A Straightforward Approach

Blurred/Glowing Highlights – A Straightforward Approach

May 17, 2014

Learn how to quickly create a blurred or glowing highlights look using DaVinci Resolve


A Quick Recipe For Blurred Or Glowing Highlights

Every so often a client will request a dream look or a flashback look.

While of course up to interpretation about what that actually means, one of my go to techniques (at least to start with) for that request is the blown out and blurred or glowing highlight look.

This technique is often over used, but there will come a day when you need to quickly create it.

So in this Insight, I thought I’d share how I go about creating this look.

Select, Blow Out, Mist

While there are quite a few techniques for creating the blurred or glowing highlights look, I think I use this simple recipe most often:

  • Isolate the highlights with a Luma only qualifier
  • Use Gain and Gamma controls to blow out that selection – this will make the selection “glow” a little bit all by itself
  • Use the Mist Controls in Resolve to add a blur and enhance the glowing look.
  • After you’ve done these steps you can tweak the look in a couple different places including with your qualified selection or with the mix parameter found within the Mist Controls – this gives you a lot of flexibility.

Hopefully this Insight movie gives a way of quickly creating this look when you need it!

– Robbie

P.S. A big thanks to Mike Kravinsky the Director/Producer of the film Geographically Desirable – for the shot.  I’ve just completed grading this film and Mike is a great talent and the film is really fun too!

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