Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Casting shadows, part of After Effects Apprentice: 15 Creating a Sports Opening Title.
Shadows are one of the most render- intensive things inside a 3D world in…After Effects. Therefore, layers default to not casting shadows just to make…rendering snappier.…And indeed, you don't want to just blindly turn on shadows for every…single layer. You should think about what layers are really need to be…casting the shadows.…Now you remember for the light, I've already set it to go ahead and cast…shadows. That's good.…And by default, all layers receive shadows. That's also good.…So now let's focus.…
I want my Text layer to cast shadows on this gritty wall behind, and the gritty…wall is in front of the Dial layer, so I do want the video wall to Cast Shadows…back there, so two of my layers need to Cast Shadows.…I'll select my Text layer, type AA to reveal its Material Options, and…enable Cast Shadows.…The shortcut is Option+Shift+C on Mac, toggles with on and off or Alt+Shift+C on Windows.…I'll twirl that up to clean it up, select the Skater layer, and use that…shortcut--Option+Shift or Alt+Shift+C-- and now you'll see a slight shadow is cast…
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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