Join Angie Taylor for an in-depth discussion in this video Material options, part of After Effects: Kinetic Typography Techniques (2011).
Now, another thing that you can do to adjust the way that light works, is …adjust the material options of the actual layers. …I unlock this layer here, and we're in 3D Animation AEP04A and things that are here …to stay start. There's also an end version of that. …So, if you aren't at this stage with the Start comp, you can open up the End comp …and have a look at this. If you open up the Background …composition, and instantly that's in 08 3D Animation folder, which is in the …Project Files folder. If you open up this layer, you'll notice …that every layer has Material options, and that determines whether the layer …accept shadows, transmit shadows, all of those things.…
And it also allows you to choose how much ambient light is picked up by the layer. …So, if I decide I want a lot of ambient light but I don't want, say, the ground …plane to pick it up, so the layers are still, the text layers are still lit but …the ground plane's not picking up as much ambient light. …I can remove the ambient light settings or reduce them. …
- Working with audio
- Preparing source files
- Structuring your After Effects project
- Working with shapes and effects
- Optimizing performance
- Animating text
- Creating 3D animation
- Using expressions to create motion
- Rendering your final movie
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Graphic Design Foundations: Typographywith Ina Saltz2h 23m Beginner
After Effects CS6 Essential Trainingwith Ian Robinson8h 41m Beginner
1. Working with Audio
2. Preparing Source Files
3. Structuring Your After Effects Project
4. Working with Shapes
5. Working with Effects
6. Optimizing Performance
7. Animating Text
8. Creating 3D Animation
9. Using Expressions to Create Motion
10. Rendering Your Final Movie
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