Working with shadow catchers


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Working with shadow catchers

I want to spend a little bit of time explaining this concept of a shadow catcher, because it's pretty cool, but not entirely obvious. Now, I will go ahead and delete all my other layers in this scene and keep just my tracked footage. Press F3 to bring the Camera Tracker back forward again. If I created text in this scene--let's say it was supposed to be floating in space in front of that building-- ideally, we'd like that text to cast shadows onto other objects in the 2D scene. However, 3D layers in After Effects cannot cast shadows onto 2D layers, and this tracked footage is, after all, a 2D layer. This is where shadow catchers come in.

First, let's create some blank text. I will right-click, Create Text and Camera, and I will just get a dummy word Text there. As with solids, it's slightly askew. I will press R to get its rotation, unskew it a little bit from the building so it's kind of oriented right, and let's move it down the building a bit, to, say, right a...

Working with shadow catchers
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Working with shadow catchers provides you with in-depth training on Video. Taught by Chris Meyer as part of the After Effects CS6 New Features

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