Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Making shadows in After Effects

Literally nones of people have expressed an interest in how Grey Bloke's new look was achieved, but here are some images grabbed from After Effects anyway in case any geeks are reading this.

As far as I know, this is the easiest way to apply shadows to a flat image if you want to retain some flexibility and have the option to change the light source.


Rictor said...

So you can change the light source and the shadow will change? How does that work?

Mike said...

Blogger ate my reply. Shorter version:

You still have to redraw all the masks. I just meant that you could use the same piece of animation in two different scenes (lit from different angles), and because the shadows are on a new layer you wouldn't have to repaint anything.

It'll still be time-consuming. But we like that, don't we?