Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with Spot lights, part of After Effects Apprentice 11: 3D Space.
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So that's Point Light which is the easiest light.…Let's go ahead and try the other common Light Type, Spot.…As soon as I do so, you'll see some more parameters open up here in the Timeline panel.…I'm going to hold Shift+R to hide the Rotation parameters for our light, because…I far prefer controlling lights by moving their Position, and in the case of…Spot Lights, the Point of Interest.…But Spot Lights, in addition to the back of the light, you now also have a point…that says, where is that light being aimed?…And I love this degree of control.…
For example, I can place that Point of Interest right on my layer.…I'll select my layer, press P to see its Position.…I see that its Z Position is at 0.…I tend to put my Point of Interest at the same Z Position to make sure that…Point of Interest is right on that light.…Then I will drag the Point of Interest to the area I want to be illuminated, say…the top of this X in XII.…Now, when I move the back of the light around, I know that, that area is always…
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