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Advanced Lightning is a plugin for After Effects that is meant to generate realistic lightning. It is the sucessor to
Advanced Lightning 2

Advanced Lightning can be used to make very realistic lightning.

lightning, although the latter is not completely useless in all situations.
Advanced Lightning

Advanced Lightning

UsageEdit

Generally, Advanced Lightning is only useful for visual effects, as nearly any other practical usage is inefficient and can likely be substituted, such as in title introductions.

PropertiesEdit

Lightning Type

  • Direction: Lightning is directed in a predefined location. It does not stop at the Direction position.
  • Strike: Lightning is directed in a predefined location. The lightning ends at Direction position.
  • Breaking: Creates a rapid, broken, spread-out bolt.
  • Bouncey: Emits the lightning very close to the Origin. Keeps the lightning very close together, in a fuzzball-like shape.
  • -Line Break-
  • Omni: Lightning is emitted downward from the Origin. Outer Radius modifies a linear wipe on the lightning.
  • Anywhere: Lightning is emitted literally everywhere downward. Outer Radius performs the same as Omni.
  • Vertical: Only uses one location; the Origin.
  • Two-Way Strike: Works exactly the same as Strike, except has two strikes combined.

Origin: XY value that affects the position of where the lightning is emitted from.

Direction: XY value that affects the position in which the lightning emits toward. Also affects the ending position for Strike and Two-Way Strike.

Outer Radius: Exclusive to Omni and Anywhere. Affects a simple vertical wipe.

Conductivity State: Changes the seed of the lightning. Can be animated to simulate lightning movement.

Core Settings

  • Core Radius: Changes the size of the core of the lightning.
  • Core Opacity: Changes the opacity of the core.
  • Core Color: Changes the color of the core.

Glow Settings

  • Glow Radius: Changes the size of the glow emitted from the core.
  • Glow Opacity: Changes the opacity of the glow.
  • Glow Color: Changes the color of the glow.

'Alpha Obstacle:' (Under Research) Changes alpha of certain forks in the lightning. Appears to be useless.

Turbulence: Modifies forking seed. Another way to animate lightning.

Forking: Percentage of 1-100% affecting how much the lightning forks.

Decay: Changes how much the lightning decays from the core. A higher value decreases the spread of forks.

Checkbox - Decay Main Core: Affects as to whether the main core should decay or not.

Checkbox - Composite on Original: Affects as to whether the effect should add transparency or keep the background the layer currently has.