Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Refining the shadows, part of Cinema 4D and After Effects: Integration.
So, I now have objects added in After Effects casting shadows, apparently on my 3D scene.…But what they're really being cast on are just those shadow catcher layers that…I've created with a combination of the 3D program and solids in After Effects.…Let's tweak this out a little a bit.…Okay, the shadows are quite dark.…There's a few ways of fixing that.…One, each light, I'll double click one, has a Shadow Darkness parameter.…
So if you had a particular light that you thought was casting a particularly…dark shadow, first I'd isolate which light is causing me the grief, like that one…right in the middle I don't like so much.…Double click it, decrease its Shadow Darkness to, say, 50 and now its shadow…has much less effect.…You can also type AA, reveal it in the timeline and interactively scrub it.…That - or like that.…And by the way, the Shadow Diffusion parameter for each light affects how…soft the shadow is.…
So, I can soften up those shadows to create something blurry, or go down to 0 and keep them sharp.…
Chris Meyer—a long-time user of both programs—explains how to move 3D worlds from Maxon's CINEMA 4D into Adobe's After Effects and add additional 3D elements that blend perfectly. Chris shows how to transfer 3D cameras, lights, and position data from CINEMA 4D to After Effects; create track mattes to composite new elements into the middle of a scene; and take advantage of multi-pass rendering to quickly remix and even recolor lights, shadows, reflections, and more. Paced comfortably for beginners, this course also reveals numerous advanced tricks and techniques, such as the use of blending modes and how to cast shadows from new 3D layers in After Effects onto rendered 3D elements from CINEMA 4D. Exercise files accompany this course.
- Locating objects for export from CINEMA 4D
- Adding layers to a composition after importing into After Effects
- Separating lights in CINEMA 4D and remixing in After Effects
- Understanding the problems with shadows during integration
- Refining 3D shadows in After Effects