How to Create a Fake Film Look in After Effects

December 24, 2015


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Need your footage to have a vintage vibe? Here’s everything you need to know to create a fake film look in Adobe After Effects.

While nothing can quite replace the look of real, tangible film, you may find yourself wanting to emulate its general appearance, whether it be to meet a desired aesthetic or simply make footage appear older than it is. Thankfully, it’s quite easy to produce some quality vintage results in Adobe After Effects without plugins. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the techniques involved in imitating the appearance of retro film footage.


Color Grading

Film Overlays




Light Leaks

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