I want to make a title screen thing that looks like this: screen

See how it's all anti-aliased and bloomy, and the font is sort of computery?

Also, I want to make it slightly waver here and there.

I can use After Effects, Premiere, and Sony Vegas


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    Why, pray tell, would you want to? What you are using it for may also make a difference in the best approach to use.
    – AJ Henderson
    May 23, 2014 at 14:16
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    @AJHenderson I'm making a parody of 80's public access news shows. It's supposed to be kinda like Check it Out with Dr. Steve Brule on Adult Swim. May 24, 2014 at 1:49

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There are a few things you can do to get this look, first, use an artificially low resolution. A lot of early graphics generators were done on things like the Amiga Video Toaster at 320 by 240 resolution.

Additionally, you can get the background look by making a normal gradient in Photoshop and then reducing the color depth substantially. You can either reduce to 8 bit color or simply use a GIF with dithering turned on and lower the number of colors until you get the desired result.

Use classic pixel fonts for the lettering. There are literally hundreds of possibilities out there to choose from, so you best bet is to look through something like Google fonts until you see something you like.

Finally, use interlaced video and run a couple interlaced to non-interlaced and back conversions to add the scan line related issues typical of old footage. If you have an old VCR, try recording the video through a couple generations of VCR recording too and it will give it some nice analog degradation to really maximize the feel.


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