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.
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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.…
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- 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