NEW! Simple, fun interface is a breeze
We completely redesigned the workflow of Knoll Light Factory, while keeping all the features and functions that you love. All of the Knoll 2.7 plug-ins are now combined into one simplified interface, and the new Lens Designer window is powerful and easy to use.
NEW! Elements & Sprites for building flares
Get more light elements to build your lens flare. There are now 28 Elements, like Star Filter and Lens Texture, which replicate light reflections from the real world. We’ve also crafted 56 Sprites, which are static shapes like Prism Streak and Star, and 51 Element Presets so you can further customize the flare.
NEW! Automatic blink & bling with Behaviors
Say goodbye to hand-animating your lights. The new Behavior group lets you automatically create popular light animations like Blink, Flicker, Pulse and Strobe. You can easily change those light behaviors with options like Brightness, Fade and Duration.
Support for your favorite apps
Just like Knoll 2.7, your favorite industry-standard apps are supported in Knoll 3. Get a consistent look and performance between After Effects CS6, Premiere Pro CS6 and Final Cut Pro 7, and full continuity between your old and new projects.
NEW! Image Sprites add custom images
Need that special flare to tell your story? Now you can import your own bitmap image with the Image Sprite feature, adding in endless customization. With controls like Scale X/Y, Position and Offset, you can make cool effects like turning a logo into light particles.
NEW! 3D integration with AE lights
Light sources are 3D and your design workflow is often 3D. So we figured your light flares should be 3D too. Knoll lights now talk to After Effects’ built-in lights, letting them share values like Color and Intensity, so you can sync a flare with animated lights in 3D space.
NEW! 104 presets for realistic scenes
Lens Flare Presets make your composites look real. There are flare presets that emulate real-life lenses and lights, and presets created for sci-fi and motion graphics. Get a fast, creative starting point with presets by John Knoll as part of your effects library.
Your favorite old presets — reborn!
Your preset favorites from Knoll 2.7, like Desert Sun and Maple Tree, have been rebuilt with Knoll 3’s new built-in elements so they look more beautiful than ever. Now you can render at 2K or 4K or even higher resolution with no aliasing and perfect results.
NEW! Luminance light looks real
Create realistic lights with luminance. The new Edge Reaction flares or fades light at the comp edge so the sun appears to pass through a scene. Obscuration now recognizes 3D space in After Effects, convincingly hiding your flare behind that looming spaceship.
NEW! 32-bit color eliminates banding
No more banding! New 32-bit color depth increases Knoll’s performance by giving you a higher color range for your flare effect. This eliminates the unwanted gradients and banding found in 8-bit and 16-bit, so your light rays look smooth and believable.