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How to Use Overlays to Stylize Footage in Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2018)

Learn how to use overlays to stylize your footage in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
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Overlays are a great way to quickly stylize your footage in Adobe Premiere Pro. They can be used to add snow, fireworks, color correction, and so many other things. Essentially, they work the same way as applying a filter to a real world image. Except instead of photos, we use different videos. Today we are going to learn how to use overlays to stylize footage in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

How to Use Overlays to Stylize Footage in Adobe Premiere Pro CC

  1. Go to youtube.com (or any online file repository) to find an effect – for example you can search for smoke overlay, ember overlay, and red overlay
  2. Before loading overlays, click on your footage and apply color correction to fit the effect. I went with a warmer tone to fit the overlay.
  3. Left hand side, drag over your overlay, adjust the scale to fit, go into effect controls, and then to the blending mode and select “Screen”. Then lower the opacity to where you like.
  4. You can also color correct the overlay. I went ahead and made it just a bit warmer in color to fit the overall mood.
  5. Drag in any additional overlays and do the same thing. I used a red flashing overlay to make it appear as if there were flame lights. I increased the speed to better fit the composition. Adjust each overlay to fit the overall composition.
  6. Finally to add the last bit of flare, I added in an ember overlay.

There you have it. Overlays are extremely easy to add in. Mix and match whatever overlays you want and you can create some really fun shots!

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