I am trying to make these lil house windows light up for a scene. Any ideas to make it look real here? I was thinking of maybe a circle cutout placed over the window some how then blending it into the house window? All ears here. Thank you.
Yea. What @tddavis and @Andy001z said. Mask out the individual window panes. Invert the first mask, and set all others to subtract. Put a black (whatever color you want) plane at the bottom of the stack and add light flare and gleam effects. Adjust the center position, intensity, ray length and color of each to your liking over the window area. With a bit of fiddling you should be able to get the look you are after.
I used one image. No duplicates.
Note: I'm not familiar with Express so not sure if the 2 effects I mentioned are available to you if you ARE using Express.
Look above. Look at mask settings. The red layers I highlighted in the timeline would be your image and the black plane. Notice plane is at bottom. You can drag layers anywhere. Just select the black plane and drag it underneath the your image layer. Also...If you want to go from dark to light/ light to dark simply keyframe the intensity of the effects from 100 to 0. Notice I have the Light Flares effect key-framed. One last thing...2.5 parallax.. make sure the black plane is small enough to fit behind the house without effecting your sky.
This isn't a 2.5 example but rather to show you how to animate to a dark room or vice-versa
I hope my answer didn't confuse you more?
@Randyrhoads3 The only thing I see is a lot of painstaking roto on each black frame in the bars and then dropping a yellow plane under the background layer. I tried it with duplicating the image and masking each window with the ellipse mask and then a Demult key but it took out too much of the bars and looked awful to me.
I'd try duplicate, mask, flare, then try different blend modes.
@GrayMotion Oh, that is nice! What I thought I might get with Demult but did not come even close.
The OP could even put a candle fire clip w/alpha in the window (being I see no electricity anywhere). The black plane works well with the flare and gleam for the glow of the light doesn't it @tddavis
Thank you everyone here!! Amazing program and amazing people. I do use Pro version and will give it a go. @GrayMotion thanks for this!!
One last thing @GrayMotion . I have the first mask as the actual mask I cut out the house from. Do you invert the first mask of the window panes ( If I do this the whole thing disappears) and when you say put a plane under the stack, I can only add a plane after the house image not under the masks. Everything works well for this but... if I wanted this to look like the room is black and then a light turns on, how would I maintain a black window. Right now I have everything behind the house coming thru the window and can make the effect turn off and on but need it to be a black room. This is a moving parallax scene.
Thank you again@GrayMotion !! Nailed it!! You rock!