Trouble with Shadows & Layer Styles
by Richard Windsor on Jul 17, 2011 at 3:33:21 pm
I have a comp that uses a camera and a few lights. I have all the shadows looking very nice, but when I add a layer style to any of the text, the shadow for that text disappears. The shadow is being cast by the lights I created and not from a preset. Is there anyway to get the shadow back but keep the layer style adjustment?
Layer Styles delimits 3D interaction with other layers. You should apply Layer Styles in a Precomp.
In your current situation, simply select the Text Layer and Precompose it (in the precomp itself, the 3D switch isn't important - it's redundant since the Layer Style is applied to it --just so that you know). In the 'parent/final/master' comp, switch on the 3D switch and the Cast Shadows property and You'll be back in business.