Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding drop shadows, part of After Effects Apprentice 16: Creating a Medical Opening Title.
Next, I'd like to work on the appearance and timing of these various video…frames earlier in this composition.…One, I notice it's a little bit hard to distinguish between them as they overlap.…I'm going to turn off my Action/Title Safe Areas because I've already arranged…my layers just to give myself a clear view of my composition.…I think a bit of drop shadow would help me make these stand out against each other.…There are a couple of approaches I could take.…One approach would be just applying a drop shadow inside this Final Comp, …so I'm going to select one of my extra videos, such as this Stress Test video here and…apply Effect>Perspective>Drop Shadow.…
Just like I did with the text, I'm going to set the distance down to 0 …to center the blur and increase the softness, until I get a little bit of overlap on the layers behind.…It's bit on the weak side, so I'm going to increase the darkness just to help…make it stand out a little bit better and then my differences in size will…become a little bit more apparent.…
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.
- Animating to music
- Arranging layers in 3D space
- Performing time stretches
- Working with 3D camera tracking
- Typesetting and animating text
- Adding effects like drop shadows and motion blur
- Creating and animating shape layers
- Building and delivering a broadcast package
Skill Level Intermediate
After Effects Apprentice 14: Shape Layerswith Chris Meyer2h 20m Intermediate
Premiere Pro and After Effects: Creating Title Graphicswith Chris Meyer26m 23s Intermediate
The Creative Spark: Title Case, Typographic Artisanswith Jessica Hische28m 31s Appropriate for all
1. Roughing Out the Spot
2. Building the Hero Shot and Title
3. Creating Video Frames Using Shape Layers
4. Dressing Up the Background
5. Finalizing the Proof
6. Delivering the Results
7. Idea Corners
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