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Step 6: Adding Some Blur

If you play back the sequence, you'll see a yellow block of color flash in time with the gun firing. Granted, it looks less cool than it could, so in this next step you'll make it look cooler by adding a Gaussian Blur in order to soften the hard edges created by the Eight-Point Garbage Matte.

  1. If it's not already displayed, click the Edit tab to display the Edit Workspace, and then click the Effect button to display the Effects view.
  2. Type blur in the text field to reveal all the available blur effects (see Figure 31).
  3. Drag-and-drop the Gaussian Blur onto the Color Matte clip on the Timeline (see Figure 32).
  4. Click the Color Matte clip to select it, and then click the Properties button to open the Properties view.
  5. In the Properties view, click the triangle next to the Gaussian Blur text to dial open the settings.
  6. Adjust the Blurriness to a setting of 55 (see Figure 33).

    Figure 34 shows the before-and-after images.

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