So Halation is cool, right? You know, that red tinge effect around highlights when shooting on film? I guess the actual definition of Halation is spreading light beyond its proper boundaries in a developed photographic image.

Look, Davinci Resolve has a nifty little Halation effect that is WAY better than this preset, but what the hell? Sometimes you want to say inside After Effects – even if it is just for preview purposes. So, I created a preset to slap on there. Four steps and you’re ready to rock!

  • Step 1: Duplicate Your Footage Layer – NAME IT “Halation!” Because we always name our layers!
  • Step 2: Drag the MGH-Quick Halation V2 preset onto YOUR NAMED Footage Layer.
  • Step 3: Adjust the setting Per Taste and Per Shot.
  • Step 4: Set the Adjustment Layer to ADD blend mode.

Also, this might not work for every situation – for example, I do run into issues with the highlights on hair – so it may take some finessing. Besides that, it’s quick, works well on 3D renders, and helps add to that coveted “film look.”

This was created in After Effects 2023. 

This is an updated version of the Halation Preset. Different method and more versatile.


As you can see here… BORING AF!


HOLY S*%*!!! Look at that sweet Halation!

Quick Halation After Effects Preset

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Add that sweet Halation effect in After Effects!

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Want that sweet, sweet Halation effects on your comps or footage in After Effects?  Well, this little bad boy will do it for you!

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