Join Mark Christiansen for an in-depth discussion in this video Customize a 2D drop shadow with a masked solid, part of After Effects Compositing 02: Matching Foreground to Background.
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…In this lesson, we're going to do away with all…the complicated stuff, and get away with something easy.…Now, a contact shadow is a trick that belongs in the world of…primitive full motion video in computer games, et cetera.…But it's something you can get away with in a scene like this.…Because we have a couple of still objects.…We have very clear reference.…And we have a 3D object that, while we could get a 3D shadow out of it, we may…actually be able to do better just by creating it right in After Effects.…
Let's give it a try.…So, because I don't like to do any form of roto or masking…in a course that's not about roto or masking, I pre-created a shape.…Let me just unhide that, and it's been tracked…in or rather it's parented to a track layer.…So that's all been done.…Notice that it's offset to match, the…light direction that I see in the reference.…So, this could hardly be easier.…I have, a perfect reference right here.…All I have to do is match it.…And I turn it on, and boom, it looks perfect.…Okay, not quite.…
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- Matching color in black and white
- Matching levels with proportions
- Desaturating with tint
- Creating depth of field
- Reducing or removing grain
Skill Level Intermediate
VFX Techniques: Tracking Objects onto a Facewith Lee Lanier2h 42m Intermediate
1. Compositing Is Matching
2. More Complex Compositing
3. Introducing Depth
4. Organize Projects for VFX
5. Befriend Noise and Grain
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