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So we've seen how you can add shadows to a layer in Cinema 4D. Of course we could now composite that using one of our blending modes, maybe something like Darken mode to composite it in with the background. Or we could use one of the effects and presets to compositie it. But what if we wanted to add something like reflections instead? So, we'll have a look at that here. We'll have a look at how we can add reflections as welll as shadows. So we could have separate layers, one for reflections, one for shadows, of course.
And if we wanted to make this one reflectiive. We can select it and put in chapter 10-04 A-E-P so if you want to follow along you can open that, and then if you then jump along to cinema 4D, we can change the materials of this layer so that it reflects it's elements as well. So what I'm going to do first of all is just keep the default texture and add reflection to that just to remind you how that's done. Here in the basics of the material editor we just add reflection.
And go to our reflection channel and decide how bright we want that reflection to be. So I'll put it by 80% and if we render that here you can see we're starting to see the reflection of the elements as well. Now if I save that, Cmd + S or Ctrl + S on Windows to save. And go back to After Effects, you'll see there are changes but we don't see the reflections. And that is because you won't see reflections in draft mode. You need to be in final mode in order to see reflections.
And you'll see as soon as I switch to final I start to get reflections. Now you could choose a blending mode for this. You could try something like. It would be Soft Light or Hard Light mode. Might give you a little bit of reflection and a little bit of shadow. But it's quite tricky to get it exactly Bight, so, I do recommend using two different layers, one for shadows and one for reflections, but we won't just now, we'll just keep the same layer. Anyway, we can see the reflections, but it's not really looking right on this layer as it is, so, another option, as opposed to using a blending mode to make it blend in Is to change the material in Cinema 4D.
So let's go back to Cinema 4D and what we're going to do here is we're going to create a new material. So we're going to go to load material preset, light materials, glass, and we're just going to add a simple blue glass. Preset to it, so I'm going to drag and drop it on to the shadow capture. I'm going to delete the previous material, we don't need that. And double click this material to open it. Now you see how bright it is, we've got 30 percent brightness, I'm going to put that up to about 50% brightness.
We get a little bit more color. In my basic options I'm also going to add reflection. At the moment we don't have any reflection. And I'm just going to save it and jump back to After Effects to see how that looks. So back in After Effects we'll see that update in a couple of seconds. Okay. And we can decide whether we like it. I like it, but it's a little bit too reflective. So it's kind of darkened down the glass a little bit too much. So I'm going to jump back. I'm going to go into my reflection channel.
And I'm going to bring down the brightness of the reflection to about 70 percent. Now, I can also add a texture to the reflection. So, I can add this still image, that's taken from the video as a texture to my reflection. Now, I may want to put that on maybe add mode, something like that. Let's have a look and see how that looks. You can try out different modes. Let's try normal mode. See how that looks. Okay, and I think probably add is probably what we want there.
So we'll leave add mode on. you can add a little bit of blur to that.as well. And while we're in there we'll go back into the basics and add an environment as well. And go to our environment. And that also helps add a little bit of color from this background image. To the scene. And if I hit Cmd + r or Ctrl + r on Windows, again, you'll see we're starting to get a lot more detail. So I'm going to save that, and I'm going to jump back to After Effects, and we can see that updating in After Effects.
So now, just having a different material, and adding a little bit more detail to the surface Light reflections and shadows. We start to get a much better composite once we start to add lighting to that it's really going to start looking good and fitting well into the scene.
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