Nick's Notes: Trapcode Shine 2.0

Jan 12, 2018 at 10:00 am by nickcharles

In August, Red Giant released Trapcode Suite 14, which is a fantastic set of 11 tools for motion graphics and visual effects. Including the new Trapcode Particular 3 and Trapcode Form 3, plus an updated Trapcode Tao, Trapcode Suite 14 is a fantastic release you'll want to check out. I'll be spotlighting individual tools within the suite over the coming weeks.

This week I'm putting the spotlight on Trapcode Shine 2. While there are no new features this time around for Trapcode Shine, I just think it still is a must-have plug-in.

Trapcode Shine was actually the first of the Trapcode plug-ins created by Peder Norrby in 2001, and still a great tool to have.

Trapcode Shine can create a sweeping, shimmering, volumetric lighting effect, most recognized with text application in film and TV. But, there is much more that it can be used for, such as sun rays, as well as a boost for other effects.

Trapcode Shine is simple to use and renders super fast. Drop it into your project and see immediate results, with plenty of controls to get just the look you want. There are 35 coloring presets included, which are excellent as they are, or can be tweaked as needed. You can also create your own coloring using one, three, or five-color combinations.

You can use Trapcode Shine with other effects, such as building a spooky, smokescreen-type look utilizing Fractal Noise. You also have full control of ray length and shimmer, and this can all be animated for great effect.

Trapcode Shine looks great with 3D text, but a simple text layer produces amazing results. I love the Alpha Edges feature, which allows for a neat beveled-edge look. There is also a full range of compositing modes available as well.

Trapcode Shine is not just a 2D effect - you can have true 3D light rays if you connect Shine to a 3D light. Then the light rays are truly 3D camera aware, which is very cool.

But, most of all, Trapcode Shine is simply fun to play with. With a bit of experimentation, you can find endless uses for Shine, even for subtle effects, as well as in conjunction with other effects to add a bit more excitement to your projects. Shine really is just a great tool to have in your arsenal, especially if you do any kind of titling work.

Head over to Red Giant's website and see all the features of the new Trapcode Suite 14. Also on the website, you'll find plenty of resources for getting started with all of Red Giant's products. And know that you can purchase with confidence as their Red Pledge Guarantee makes sure you are happy with every purchase.


  • Trapcode Suite 14: $999.00 Full / $199.00 Upgrade
  • Trapcode Shine 2: $99.00 Full / $49.00 Upgrade

Be sure to check out a trial today! Note: Trapcode Shine 2 runs in Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro CC (2014 and up).


Nick C Sorbin (Nick Charles) is a former Managing Editor of 9 years for Renderosity's CG Industry News. By day, he is a mild-mannered Certified Pharmacy Technician working in a hospital, contrasting his creative outlets as a digital artist, sculptor, musician, singer/songwriter, and Staff Writer for Renderosity Magazine.

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