Join Ran Ben Avraham for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating an automated shadow, part of After Effects: Bouncing Animated 3D Sphere.
- [Instructor] Before we end this course,…I would like to show you a very nice option…of creating an automated shadow for our 3D sphere.…Now in the very end of this video,…I'm going to be using…a third party plugin from Re:Vision Effects…called RSMB, or Reel Smart Motion Blur.…This plugin is not part…of the standard After Effects install.…It's a plugin you buy that can add motion blur…back into your animation.…It's definitely an industry standard plugin,…but if you don't have it, you can follow along just as well.…
The step of adding RSMB is not necessary,…it's really a choice about the look and feel…of the end result, and it has nothing to do…with the automated shadow itself.…Let's first close all of the layers here.…Control A to select all the layers, and close them.…And to create our automated shadow,…we'll need to precompose all of the layers here,…which will cause some of the expressions to break,…but don't worry, we can fix that quite easily.…Let's hit control shift C to precompose.…
And we'll call this precomp sphere animation.…
This is a project-based learning experience. Each step of the process is rich with object lessons that are applicable to the variations that a motion design and compositing artist will face in the real world.
- Creating a sphere
- Adding reflections and color correction
- Creating squash and stretch animation
- Expression linking a sphere's rotation properties
- Connecting a sphere to a position null
- The bounce-decay-stop expression
- Animating the position and rotation
- Animating the sphere color map
- Creating an automated shadow