Sapphire Effects

Here you can learn the many ways you can use Sapphire effects in your work. Most of the examples shown in these videos are available as presets.

Select an effect category or search a look you want to create:



Renders a lens flare image over the background clip, incorporating various flare elements between the hotspot and pivot locations. Use the Flare Designer to create your own lens flare.


Generates glows based on the distances from the edges of the source input. This is best observed when used on images with dark backgrounds.


Assigns different colors to the edges of the source clip depending on their direction. Increase the Edge Smooth parameter for thicker edges.



Applies smoothing, color correction, soft focus, and glow to skin regions. While intended for human faces, Beauty can be used to smooth out other shots.


Defocuses the color channels of the source clip to produce a blurred effect.



Makes a 2D grid of lines, with the option to combine it with the background clip. Create a variety of different grid styles and animate the grid for unexpected looks.



Create new effects by combining existing Sapphire effects. Start from scratch, or use the enhanced preset browser to choose a preset as a starting point.


Generates a posterized version of the input by limiting the number of colors in the source, and replacing detailed texture and noise with solid colors.


Transitions between two clips using animated rays. The rays ramp up and down over the duration of the effect. The rays animate by moving the origin across the screen along a line.


Creates a fractured, fly's eye view effect by breaking the image into hexagon-shaped tiles and transforming the image within each tile.


Performs a wipe transition between two clips using a flux texture with mostly round cells. The Wipe Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed.


Performs a wipe transition between two clips using a pattern of four wedges merging into an 'X' shape.


Creates a version of the source input that is subjected to JPEG compression artifacts and errors. This can be used to give various looks of low-quality digital transmissions.


Transitions between two clips using random pixel static. The pixelated look of this effect depends on the image resolution, so test your final resolution before processing.


The source clip is darkened at areas around parts of the source clip that are brighter than the given threshold, to give an 'orthicon' or 'dark glow' look.


Smoothes the source clip while retaining the edges. Use the Show:Edges option to inspect which edges will be retained.