Create a Glass Panel Effect in Adobe Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro December 31, 2018 2 min read

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a stylish glass panel look entirely inside of Premiere Pro. This is a simple, yet effective technique that can add another level of sophistication to your video projects.

While you might consider jumping to After Effects, you’ll learn how to create it all while staying inside of Premiere Pro. Let’s get started!

How to Create the Glass Panel Effect

Step 1: Add an Adjustment Layer

  1. Open up Premiere Pro, and add a piece of footage onto your timeline. 
  2. Create an adjustment layer. To do that, click on the New Item button, and click on Adjustment Layer > OK. You’ll want to keep it 1920×1080. 
  3. This will create an adjustment layer in your Project panel. Drop it down on top of your image in the Timeline.

Step 2: Create the First Glass Panel

  1. Next, apply a couple of effects on the adjustment layer. For this, click on Effects > Transform. Apply that effect.
  2. Then apply the Fast Blur Effect
  3. Next, under Motion, unclick Uniform Scale.
  4. Scale the width to about 20%, scale up the height to about 200%, and rotate it to about 20 degrees under Rotation
  5. Next, use Blurriness to blur it out a little bit. This will create a glass-like effect.
  6. Next, under the Transform, click Uniform Scale to scale it up a bit. You should start to see a nice glass panel look going on.  
  7. Now, go to the beginning of the timeline set a keyframe for the position. At the end, slowly move it over.
  8. Another thing that you can do if you want is to apply Levels Adjustment to the adjustment layer. This will make it a little bit brighter compared to the footage behind it. 

Step 3: Add More Glass Panels

  1. Next, duplicate the adjustment layer on the timeline. Highlight it, and holding the Alt or Option on your keyboard, drag it up.
  2. Now, select one of the adjustment layers, and decrease the Width and changed the Position keyframes, as well. This will move it to the opposite side. 
  3. Next, duplicate this layer with the previous method. You can keep everything the same except the Anchor Point and Width. Move it over, so you don’t have to reset any keyframes. 
  4. The basic idea here is to keep duplicating this layer until you get something you are happy with.

With a bit of trial and error, you’ll be able to get a perfect glass panel look inside of Premiere Pro. If you want to start with a predesigned option, you can simply download this Premiere Pro template here and customize it as you see fit!