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Richard Windsor
Trouble with Shadows & Layer Styles
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?


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Roland R. Kahlenberg
Re: Trouble with Shadows & Layer Styles
on Jul 17, 2011 at 4:01:00 pm

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.

HTH
RoRK

Intensive AE & Mocha Training in Asia.


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Richard Windsor
Re: Trouble with Shadows & Layer Styles
on Jul 17, 2011 at 4:45:56 pm

Thanks so much...worked great!!!!!


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Roland R. Kahlenberg
Re: Trouble with Shadows & Layer Styles
on Jul 17, 2011 at 11:51:55 pm

You're most welcome. Don't forget NOT to click on the Collapse Transformation switch for the nested comp or you'll be back to square 0.75. ;-)

Cheers
RoRK

Intensive AE & Mocha Training in Asia.


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