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Mike James
Shadow catcher layer won't go away!
on Nov 11, 2014 at 9:59:06 am

This is driving me nuts!

I have a very simple composition, that features some 3D text (classic 3D mode) a single light, and a comp sized layer which I am using as a shadow catcher.

I turn the shadow catcher layer to 3D, then move it behind the text. great, I see shadows. OK, so I don't want the shadow catcher layer to be visible, just the shadows, so I set the layer materials option to 'accept shadows only'.

Well the shadow catcher layer just turns solid white. I still get the shadows on it, but it's white.

Help! What am I missing?


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Josh Dekay
Re: Shadow catcher layer won't go away!
on Nov 11, 2014 at 4:19:41 pm

Try changing the blend mode of the shadow catcher layer to "Multiply".


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Josh Dekay
Re: Shadow catcher layer won't go away!
on Nov 11, 2014 at 4:34:58 pm

Also, you might have to use an actual shape layer for your background and not rely on the comp background color.


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