Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Enhancing the light and shadows, part of After Effects Apprentice 19: Motion Tracking with CINEMA 4D Lite.
- [Voiceover] I want the self shadowing inside…this crown to be a bit more prominent…because these bands should be casting shadows…on the velvet, and even these little details…in the jewels and the way the bands are wrapped…around this should be more prominent.…So let's switch back to Cinema 4D.…I'm gonna go back to viewing just my main…perspective view, so I can see my render…a bit larger, and let's start out by playing…with the light.…Intensity defaulted to 100%, I can go ahead…and increase that.…A little bit brighter there.…Now I wonder if I'm over illuminating it…or if the illumination is too broad.…
If I want to narrow the lighting, I click on "details"…and cut down on the shadow angle…to more narrowly illuminate the crown…and get more fall-off around the edges.…I'm starting to like that a bit better now…because the sides are getting less illumination…than the front, where the light's coming from…and I'm thinking that by casting…a very narrow cone of light.…So let's go back to where we were around 12 degrees.…
The first course in the series, After Effects Apprentice 17, includes an overview of the C4D Lite user interface, as well as important setup information you need to know whenever you use live C4D layers in After Effects. We recommend you watch it first if you have no prior experience with C4D.
- 3D camera tracking
- Setting a ground plane and origin
- Merging an After Effects camera move into a C4D project
- Adding a 3D model to the scene
- Casting and compositing shadows
- Improving the final composite