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Step 5: Adding and Adjusting the Lightning Effect

Finally, your reward! It's time to create the all-important laser beam, the reason that you've come so far in this tutorial. As always in Premiere Elements 7, creating this great effect is easier than you might think.

Task: Add and adjust the Lightning clip by following these steps:

  1. Return the CTI to the first marker by pressing Ctrl and the left- or right-arrow key.
  2. Click the Edit tab and then click the Effects button to display the Effects view. Type light into the text filter (see Figure 13). The Lightning effect will appear in the list.
  3. Drag the Lightning effect from the Effects view and drop it onto the placeholder clip on the Laser track of the Timeline (see Figure 14).
  4. Select the placeholder clip by clicking it in the Timeline; then click the Properties button to display the Properties view for the placeholder clip. Open the Lightning parameters by clicking the small triangle next to the word Lightning (see Figure 15).
  5. Calm down the Lightning effect to create a single laser beam by making the following adjustments to the Lightning effect's parameters (see Figure 16):
  6. Segments: 3

    Amplitude: 0.000

    Width Variation: 0.000

    Outside Color: Your choice (evil red shown in Figure 16)

  7. Return to the Effects view and type blur into the text filter. The various blur effects will appear in the list. Drag the Gaussian Blur effect from the Effects view and drop it onto the placeholder clip on the Laser track of the Timeline (see Figure 17).
  8. Select the placeholder clip by clicking it; then click the Properties button to display the Properties view. Open the Blur parameters by clicking the small triangle next to the words Gaussian Blur. Adjust the blur to suit—something like 5.0 should be enough (see Figure 18).
  9. Repeat steps 6–7, finding the Alpha Glow effect and dragging it from the Effects view and dropping it onto the placeholder clip. Make the following adjustments to the Alpha Glow effect's parameters (see Figure 19):
    • Glow: 5
    • Brightness: 253
    • Start Color: Inner color of beam
    • End color: Outer color of beam (use the eyedropper or the color picker to select both
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