Effect Samples
The following are video samples of just some of the created effects from the book. A tutorial is included and follows the video effect sample where you see this symbol

Supporting Graphics

These are some of the (FREE) graphics that you'll need to create some of your effects. Lots more to come!

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Table of Contents
Want to create some movie magic?
Steve Grisetti, co-founder of our site and author of many Guides, shows you how to create professional-style special effects on an amateur's budget.

In a book peppered with dozens of Hot Tips for optimizing your Premiere Elements experience, he'll take you step-by-step from simple tricks, like adding an echo effect to your audio, to advanced tricks like making a person appear to fly over a city skyline or adding titles and graphics that track with objects in your video. Click the image on the left for the Table of Contents. Click here for chapter 9 [Cool Track Matte Tricks].

Chapter 9
Cool Trick #29 - Highlight a Person in a Crowd
"Okay, so you've got some great video of the entire varsity football team on the field. But there's one player in particular you'd like to highlight.

You can spotlight him, as we do in Cool Trick 2, Spotlight an Area in Your Video. Or, using the Track Matte, you can create an effect that dims everything but the person you want to highlight in the shot.

As with many Track Matte effects, this one uses the same clip on both Video 1 and Video 2. By applying an effect to one of the clips and then using the Track Matte to cut a window through it, we'll isolate the area of our video frame that has the effect applied to it."

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Just a Fraction of What You'll Learn:
  • Create custom pan & zoom effects for your slideshows
  • Create a cool "time warp" video effect
  • Layer your photos to make them look three-dimensional
  • Dissolve from a modern-looking video into a ragged, old movie effect
  • Blur a face, like they do on the TV show "COPS"
  • Use "keying" effects to make a person appear to confront his identical twin
  • Create non-square graphics for your videos
  • Create the illusion of a line being drawn across a map
  • Create cool, custom transitions
  • Create cool titling effects, like Star Wars-style rolling titles
  • Use split-screen techniques and video grid effects to create the "Brady Bunch" effect