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Jacqueline DesselAfter Effects Adjustment Lights...
by on Feb 12, 2010 at 1:35:51 pm

I just found a workaround to something and thought I'd post it here in case it turned out to be something that helps someone else (since I've received so much help on these forums in the past).

I needed a light to shine on a logo in a scene set up in 3D space, but didn't want it to affect any other layers so I set it up as an Adjustment Light. However, it still was affecting the layers below the logo of course, and putting just the light and logo in a precomp for some reason didn't work. The light didn't seem to work at all that way, not even on the logo it was intended for. Putting my light and logo at the bottom of the layers wasn't an option either for various reasons.

So after trying a few different things, I tried placing the Adjustment Light layer above my logo, set at 100% intensity. Then I duplicated the light and placed the copied light right underneath my logo and set that light's intensity to -100%, effectively canceling out that light's affect on all the layers below the logo.

Worked perfectly!

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Michael SzalapskiKudos!
by on Feb 12, 2010 at 2:15:26 pm

Interesting solution to your problem. I like it.

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Steve RobertsRe: After Effects Adjustment Lights...
by on Feb 12, 2010 at 2:41:42 pm

Darn clever!

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Tim VaughanRe: After Effects Adjustment Lights...
by on Feb 12, 2010 at 4:36:27 pm

Now that is a good one!


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Nicholas BierzonskiRe: After Effects Adjustment Lights...
by on Feb 12, 2010 at 7:11:40 pm

Very cool! I'll have to remember that one

-Nicholas Bierzonski
Senior Editor/DVD Author/Java Boy

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Dave LaRondeRe: After Effects Adjustment Lights...
by on Feb 12, 2010 at 10:34:16 pm

Please let me add my compliments, congratulations and thanks, Ms. Dessel! It isn't very often that people share their solutions to sticky problems with the whole forum. Your post was like a breath of fresh air, and I admire your problem-solving skills.

Negative light -- how on earth did you figure that one out? It sounds like a black hole or something.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA

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Bret WilliamsRe: After Effects Adjustment Lights...
by on Feb 13, 2010 at 4:33:59 am

Reminds me of some Dr. Seuss book I had as a kid which begged the question ... "If there are flashlights, why aren't there flashdarks?" And there was a picture of someone shinging a flashdark with a beam of black coming out of it.

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Jacqueline DesselRe: After Effects Adjustment Lights...
by on Feb 16, 2010 at 11:42:24 am

I remembered using negative lights in Maya a while back before I found out about Light Linking. So I've used the same principle in AE as there is no Light Linking in After Effects that I know of- using negative light to subtract light from certain areas of complex 3D scenes, based on where in the scene the negative light is placed.

But what I hadn't thought of was that the same principle can be applied with Adjustment Lights, but that negative lights can be controlled not only by where they are placed in a scene, but as an Adjustment Light, a negative light also be controlled in a different way by where it is placed in the layer order which seems to make things much easier (so far). I've only used it in 2 projects so far but both times it's worked the way I needed it to.

Thanks for the kind words!

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