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17 Free Anamorphic Lens Flares for Your Videos and Motion Graphics

Todd Blankenship

These anamorphic lens flares are ready for your video projects and motion graphic design — with everything from subtle flares to bright light hits.

PremiumBeat has bundled 17 free anamorphic lens flare overlays for you to use in your videos and graphics. We shot these overlays in a controlled studio environment and captured them organically with professional anamorphic lenses. Download them now for your next video!

Featuring the song “Rising From The Flames” by Simon Stevens and footage from Shutterstock.

Download the 17 FREE Anamorphic Lens Flares

To download these free lens flare overlays, simply click the button below. These lens flare overlays are free to use in any personal or commercial projects. By downloading, you agree not to resell or redistribute these free assets. 


Using The 17 FREE Anamorphic Lens Flares

17 Free Anamorphic Lens Flares for Your Videos and Motion Graphics — Using the Lens Flares

The great thing about lens flare overlays is that they are compatible with any nonlinear editing or compositing software that includes blend mode options (every editing program should include some version of this). However, we created them mostly with Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, and Final Cut Pro in mind.

How to use the lens flares in Premiere

  • Import the lens flare folder, or the lens flare of your choice, into your project.
  • After laying the footage to which you’d like to add the lens flare on top of your timeline, drag your lens flare of choice to the video layer above the main video layer.
  • Click on the “Effect Controls” tab, and in the opacity area of the effect controls tab, you’ll see blending mode options. Here, you’re free to use whichever one you like best, but for a more natural-looking lens flare, you’ll want to use “Screen.”
  • If you’d like to add more punch to the lens flare (brighten it up), you can try the “Linear Dodge” (Add) blend mode.
  • You may want to change colors or customize the brightness or contrast of the lens flare. To do this, use the Lumetri Color effect. Here, you can change the color of the flare or customize the contrast using the curves dropdown. Some lens flares need a little bit more contrast for certain scenes.

How to use the lens flares in After Effects

  • Import your folder of flares.
  • In the composition to which you want to add flares, drag your flare of choice down into the composition.
  • Now, you can select the blend mode of choice for your particular scene or design. I recommend “Add” or “Screen” mode. Sometimes overlay or hard light can yield an interesting result.
  • If you’d like to customize the color or contrast of your lens flare, I recommend using a curves effect to play with the contrast, and if you’d like to change the color, I recommend the hue/saturation effect. You can find both of these in the color correction section of the effects dropdown.

How to use the lens flares in Final Cut Pro

  • It’s very easy to use these flares in Final Cut. First, import your folder of flares or the specific one you want into your project.
  • Lay the lens flare you like onto the video layer above the main video to which you’d like to add the flare.
  • In the top right, there is a compositing options tab. Here, you can select your overlay mode from the dropdown.
  • “Screen” or “Add” are going to be the best blending mode options for most situations. Feel free to experiment.
  • If you’d like to change color or contrast, you’ll find various color correction tools in the effects panel.

What Are The Anamorphic Flares?

17 Free Anamorphic Lens Flares for Your Videos and Motion Graphics — What Are Anamorphic Flares

We captured these lens flares with Atlas Orion anamorphic lenses, and a Panasonic AU-EVA1.

For more information about these lenses and for our full review, watch the video below.

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