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Kaleb ColemanDisplacement map and shadow
by on Apr 15, 2016 at 5:29:59 am

Hey guys,

Going to try and explain this in best way possible...

I need to have a shadow crawl down a face of an image of a 3D model. I have the z depth pass and was able to use it in Ps to create a styleframe by using the displacement map effect. It took a dark 50% solid and contoured it to the image and the intricate details of the model using the z depth pass. But now I need to make it move...

Going into Ae, when I tried to apply the same technique that I did in PS, it just doesn't work the same way. Any advice on what might work?

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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: Displacement map and shadow
by on Apr 15, 2016 at 8:06:19 am

If you have a depth map you can use it to displace in 3d a gray layer using FreeForm Pro (or Free Form V2) and then use AE lights to create and animate the shadow. After this is just a matter of finding the right transfer mode to comp it on top.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist

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