How to Create a Surreal Dream Effect

I love experimenting in After Effects because it can turn ordinary footage into magical footage.

This week I was playing with some slowmo video footage, trying to give it that special 80s vibe, when I found a really simple  solution by using the Glow effect in AE.

Watch the video to see the effect in action!


1.) Bring your video file into a new composition and duplicate it.  Or, create a new adjustment layer.

2.) Apply the Glow effect to the top layer.

3.) Recommended glow settings: Glow Threshold: 39%Glow Radius: 230.0Glow Operation: Screen

4.) Change the blend mode on the top layer to “Lighten.”

5.) Bring the opacity down to about 70%.

6.) Season to taste!

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