Join Mark Christiansen for an in-depth discussion in this video Match shadow grain and color with an adjustment layer, part of After Effects Compositing 02: Matching Foreground to Background.
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…No doubt you are already aware that not every shadow is black.…In this scene the shadows appear slightly bluish and not entirely opaque.…So, instead of adding a black layer and adjust the opacity, let's use color…matching and a blending mode and look at the benefits of approaching it that way.…This shadow layer is a C4D scene, and it's using…the shadow setting in the multi-pass options.…
Whether you use Cinema or another 3D app, your…shadow pass probably will look a lot like this.…No alpha channel, just black over white.…I'll use a copy, just to speed things up a little bit.…And I have to insist that you not key out the white.…Instead, use a blending mode, Multiply in this…case, cancels out all of the white in the image,…and leaves you with some nice subtle black edges.…So what we are not going to do is adjust the opacity of the shadow.…
Instead, let's see what happens if we…apply a levels effect directly to this layer.…Now, I'll go channel by channel just as I would with a color match.…By lifting output black on each channel and then opening my Info panel to…
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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
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1. Compositing Is Matching
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3. Introducing Depth
4. Organize Projects for VFX
5. Befriend Noise and Grain
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