Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding a Spot light, part of After Effects Apprentice: 15 Creating a Sports Opening Title.
One of my favorite things to do in 3D compositions is to add a 3D light, because…interplay of light and particularly shadows can really help raise the…production value of the scene.…So with my Main Comp selected, let's go ahead and add a Layer > New > Light.…The Light Settings dialog remembers the last light you edited, so you don't know…what this is going to be at.…I am going to create a Spot light, and indeed my Light Type has been set to Spot. That's good.…I usually start with the color of white and maybe bend the light very slightly…to warm up or cold down the scene.…
I find the lights quite often tend to under-illuminate scenes, just because it's…hard to perfect the angle from the light to the layer back to the camera.…So I'll often start with an Intensity above 100, like 120, 125, just to help the illumination.…Let's have a basic Cone Angle of 90. You can edit this later. And a Cone Feather…of 50 since I like nice vignetting in my scenes.…A new feature in After Effects CS5.5 is a light falloff parameter.…
The After Effects Apprentice series was created by Trish and Chris Meyer. These tutorials are designed for After Effects CS4 through CC, and can be used on their own or as a companion to the Meyer's book, After Effects Apprentice.
- Building a 3D world
- Working with layered Illustrator files
- Synchronizing to music
- Using text animation presets
- Rendering strategies
- Working with widescreen video, including 4:3 center cut and safe area considerations
Skill Level Intermediate
1. The Floor
2. The Video Wall
3. The Dial
4. Creating the Main Composition
5. The Camera Move
6. Creating a Title
7. Lighting and Shadows
8. Further Polish
9. Finishing the Comps
10. Client Changes
11. Render Strategies
12. Bonus: Creating the Ring inside After Effects
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