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Roland R. Kahlenberg
In Search of ... the best Long Shadow technique
on Mar 26, 2018 at 6:28:17 pm

So, I've finally decided I want a long shadow effect. Seen a few tutorials and they're either defective in some sense - doesn't support animation of the shadow or induces flicker along edges.

I'd like a Long Shadow solution that supports animation of the shadow (length and angle) and allows for diffusion too.

Any pointers?

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Steve Bentley
Re: In Search of ... the best Long Shadow technique
on Mar 26, 2018 at 7:03:43 pm

Yes! Video Copilot's VC reflect script. I think it's free. Use it to make shadows instead of reflecting. You can rotate the angle, set to the skew to compensate for the reflection plane across which the "shadow falls. Feather the shadow in length and blur the edges. Its our new goto fake 3D shadow tool.



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Roland R. Kahlenberg
Re: In Search of ... the best Long Shadow technique
on Mar 26, 2018 at 9:37:31 pm

That's interesting! I'll take a look-see. Thanks for sharing!

PathSlicer - Advanced AE Shape Layer Effect
http://www.broadcastgems.com/pathSlicer
- create highly customizable custom animated fonts
- create amazing transitions
- create cool lower 3rds and panels
- create burst effects
Do it all on a single Shape layer with minimal keyframes.

TypeGEMs - The Most Compete Type Tool Effect for AE
http://www.broadcastgems.com/typegems/

Intensive mocha & AE Training in Singapore and Other Dangerous Locations
Adobe After Effects CC ACE/ACI
BorisFX mocha Certified Instructor



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Mark Whitney
Re: In Search of ... the best Long Shadow technique
on Mar 26, 2018 at 7:04:56 pm

I suppose you could continue researching & figure it out on your own, or:

https://aescripts.com/longshadow/

It all comes down to what your time is worth I suppose.


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Roland R. Kahlenberg
Re: In Search of ... the best Long Shadow technique
on Mar 26, 2018 at 9:36:42 pm

Thanks Mark but I did see this prior to my initial post. It's too costly for what it does and the results don't look good.

The Long Shadows at the beginning of this reel is what I'm trying to replicate -


PathSlicer - Advanced AE Shape Layer Effect
http://www.broadcastgems.com/pathSlicer
- create highly customizable custom animated fonts
- create amazing transitions
- create cool lower 3rds and panels
- create burst effects
Do it all on a single Shape layer with minimal keyframes.

TypeGEMs - The Most Compete Type Tool Effect for AE
http://www.broadcastgems.com/typegems/

Intensive mocha & AE Training in Singapore and Other Dangerous Locations
Adobe After Effects CC ACE/ACI
BorisFX mocha Certified Instructor



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Michael Szalapski
Re: In Search of ... the best Long Shadow technique
on Mar 27, 2018 at 8:10:08 pm

If you have Red Giant's Universe, there's also a long shadow effect in there. :)

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Roland R. Kahlenberg
Re: In Search of ... the best Long Shadow technique
on Mar 27, 2018 at 10:14:29 pm

Unfortunately, I don't have "Universe". I also have 2-3 scripts that I haven't even had the time to use and Stardust which I haven't had the time to mess about with at all. So ... no more purchases until I get my hands on these. Then it's on to Limber and that cool new mask/morph toy from BAO.

PathSlicer - Advanced AE Shape Layer Effect
http://www.broadcastgems.com/pathSlicer
- create highly customizable custom animated typefaces
- create amazing transitions
- create cool lower 3rds and panels
- create burst effects
Do it all on a single Shape layer with minimal keyframes.

TypeGEMs - The Most Complete Type Tool Effect for AE
http://www.broadcastgems.com/typegems/

Intensive mocha & AE Training in Singapore and Other Dangerous Locations
Adobe After Effects CC ACE/ACI
BorisFX mocha Certified Instructor



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