Join Owen Lowery for an in-depth discussion in this video Drop shadow workarounds for textured layers, part of Creating a Handmade Look in After Effects: 1 Paper Cutout and Stop Motion.
- I am in chapter 6.06.01, and I am looking to add…some perspective to this scene.…The paper texture on my text…adds some depth, but if I want to add…realistic depth, I have to get me some…shadow up in there.…Unfortunately, because this text is textured…using track mattes,…the drop shadow effect becomes pretty much useless.…But there are workarounds.…Option one, I can pre-compose my text and shape layer…into a single layer and then add…the drop shadow effect to it.…I will go ahead and select my O shape,…hold down shift and select my O paper texture.…
I will right click on this, and select Pre-compose.…I will rename this pre-comp,…"O" Textured - PreComp…and make sure to move all attributes into the new…composition is selected, and hit OK.…The "O" Textured - PreComp is now inside my project window.…I am going to click and drag this down into my…assets folder, just to keep it there safely…for the time being.…I will go ahead to the effects and presets window…and in the search, type in, drop shadow,…and under perspective,…
Mograph artist Owen Lowery shows how to build the text and image elements, add texture, and then animate the graphics for a stop-motion look. The lessons demonstrate how versatile Adobe After Effects' tools can be when you stretch them beyond their traditional uses and employ some creative problem solving. Members are encouraged to experiment and adapt the techniques shown to other styles and projects.
- Adjusting composition settings
- Designing shape layers in a cutout style
- Creating a paper-like texture
- Building cutout type
- Animating elements for a stop motion look
- Adding imperfection and randomness with wiggle expressions