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Focal Script - Supercharged camera lens blur in After Effects

The Focal script supercharges the camera lens blur in After Effects and gives you much more flexibility when customising the effect.

At the touch of a button the script streamlines the setup process by adding the camera lens blur effect, it then creates a radial, linear, or tilt shift blur map of your choice, links everything up, and creates handy on-screen guides & controllers for customising and controlling the blur map from within the same comp.

No more manually creating gradient ramps and switching in and out of precomps to adjust the blur map, with Focal just hit the button and use the on-screen guides & controllers to customise your effect.

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  • Camera Lens Blur Map Control After Effects

Easier Camera Lens Blur in After Effects

If you’ve ever used the camera lens blur effect in After Effects, you’ll know you can’t just drag and drop the effect into your composition, you need a blur map to go along with it. Usually this involves creating a specific gradient ramp, precomposing it, and linking the blur map to the camera lens blur effect. Which is all a bit tedious.

What’s worse, if you want to change the focus of the blur, you have to go into the gradient composition to tweak the gradient, and because you can’t see how this affects the blur the whole process involves some trial and error.

That’s why Focal was created.

The focal After Effects script creates a much more streamlined process for adding camera lens blurs, it automates the entire setup process, creates a gradient ramp for you, and creates two null object controllers that allow you to tweak the blur within the same composition.

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Need help installing the script?

Read our handy guide on how to install an After Effects script.

Tilt shift blur in After Effects

The Focal script comes with three blur types: radial blur, linear blur, and tilt shift blur. These three options determine the type of gradient ramp created for the camera lens blur to use.

The tilt shift blur option creates a straight band of focus with blur either side, much like the tilt shift effect in Instagram.

Usually, creating a tilt shift gradient ramp manually requires a fair few steps, and customising where the band of focus is can be particularly tricky, especially when it’s being done without seeing how the blur is being affected.

With Focal, controlling the tilt shift blur is much easier, just set the focus point controller to the area you’d like to be clear, and then drag the blur controller to adjust the tightness of the blur effect and the rotation of the tilt shift blur. The handy on-screen guide layers also highlight the structure of the blur and how the controllers are affecting the blur.

  • Tilt Shift Camera Lens Blur After Effects

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