Trapcode Starglow

Stylized glints and glows for motion graphics and text

User Guide for Trapcode Starglow

Welcome to the Trapcode Starglow User Guide. The information is organized by subject in the navigation bar on the left. Click the subject you need help on and the corresponding instructions will open in this frame.

Starglow creates a star-shaped glow around the highlights of the source. The glow is made up of eight directions (up, down, left, right and the four diagonals). Each direction can be assigned an individual streak length and a color map, and you can use up to three color maps at once.

The effect can be used on camera footage, 3D renderings or text. The effect you get depends very much on the source fed into Starglow. There is an adjustable highlight threshold, so the effect can be adjusted to fit most kinds of footage. It also works very nicely with particle effects.  The starglow effect is similar to what you get when shooting with a diffusion lens. It can be used to add realism to 3D renderings or to enhance a magical, dreamy or romantic feeling in a clip shot with a camera. You can create many effects that are completely new, or you can use it to simulate various lens artifacts.


Import a footage file and apply Effect > Trapcode > Starglow. If you cannot see any change in the image, open the Pre-Process group and lower the Threshold value until you notice a change in the output.

Once you see an effect, try and change the Preset pop-up to see the variety of different looks.