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2.2 Adding Lighting and Shadow Effects

In this lesson, you will learn how to add lighting and shadow effects to the text using effect controls such as “Light Sweep” and “Drop Shadow”. You will also learn how to add different types of texture to the text.

2.2 Adding Lighting and Shadow Effects

Hi everyone, and welcome back to how to create a cinematic text animation in After Effects. In this lesson, we'll learn how to add texture, lighting, and shadow effects to the text. Now, to add texture, let's create another composition and name it Main Title. So go to Composition > New Composition, and name it Main Title, like so, click OK. And from here we're going to drag the Title composition into Main Title. And we're also going to drag the metal texture here as well. Cool, so make sure that the metal texture is below the Main Title. And if we zoom out here using the mouse wheel or using the drop-down box here, we can actually go ahead and use the Selection Tool to resize the texture, like so. Cool, now let's zoom back in. Excellent, so once you're happy with the size of the texture, let's go head and press F4 on your keyboard or click on the Transfer Controls pane. And you'll notice now that Track Matte option is here. So if it's without here, just click on that, and the option, the drop-down menu for Track Matte will appear. Making sure that your metal texture is selected, go down to the Track Matte options and select Alpha Matte. And you'll notice now that the texture has been applied to our text. Excellent, so now that we have our basic animation all set up, let's go ahead and go into our main composition by clicking on the Main tab here or by double-clicking on the Main composition here, like so. Now, in order for us to be able to see some of the lighting effects for our text, we'll need a simple background. So to do this, go to Layer, in fact make sure that Main is selected, go to Layer > New, and then select Solid. And now let's name this solid BG, for background., and then click OK. And let's go ahead and drag our Main Tittle in here as well. Cool, so now if we scrub back and forth in our timeline, you'll notice we've got this cool little text animation with our texture included. Excellent, so make sure that the background layer is set at the bottom layer here, like so. And let's go ahead and create some color for it. Now, to do this, let's go to Effect > Generate > Gradient Ramp, and that will be added to our background layer, like so. Now, for the settings, let's go ahead and put the start of the map from 960 to -250. And we can change the colors here as well, so let's change the color here. So the start color, I am going to change it, if you have a specific color in mind, you can add the color number here, or you can just simply choose the colors here, like so. So I'm going to change this to a pretty darkish blue, like so. And then we're going to change the end color to something dark, so I'm going to change this here. So let's go ahead and put the colors in, like so. Cool, so now we've got our gradient here, let's change the ramp shape to radial. And I'm going to put the scatter all the way up, just to remove the color banding here. So let's put the scatter to 500, like so. Cool, now, you can also move the ramp around by clicking and dragging this red circle here, like so. So let's go ahead, and that's not it. So start with the ramp. Here we go, so here is the red circle here. So let's go ahead and move this ramp up a little bit, like so. Cool, excellent, so that's our background. If you want to adjust the background colors further, we can add a curve to this. So go to Effect > Color Correction > Curves, and you can sort of adjust the colors here, like so. Great, so now let's add some effects to the text. So select the Main Title composition. And let's go to Effects > Perspective > Bevel Alpha. Now, if we zoom in here, you'll notice that straight away that's added a sort of bevel effect onto our text. And we can adjust the settings of the bevel here as well. So let's change the edge thickness to 2.5. And we're gonna put the light angle to 0, keep the color at white, and let's put the light intensity to 1, like so. Cool, now if we click on the effects button here, you can see with and without the bevel alpha, just to see the subtle difference. Great, now let's add a light sweep effect to the text. So let's go to Effect > Generate > CC Light Sweep. And now let's go ahead and adjust the settings here. So let's collapse bevel alpha so we can see CC light sweep a little bit better. So the sensor is going to be 960 by 402, and the direction, we want it at 90 degrees. Shape, let's leave it at sharp, and let's keep the width at 50. Sweep intensity, let's put it at 30, edge at 50, and edge thickness at 4. And we can also change the light colors also, we can make it a slightly bluish color. So if you have a color number in mind, let's go ahead and put that in. So let's put that one in, light blue color, like so. And let's remove the Caps Lock. And let's put the light reception at Add, cool. Now, if we zoom out, we can also use the Selection Tool here. And remember the red circle, we can actually change where the light Is going to be placed on our text. So let's place it just a little bit above our text, like so. And again, just to see with and without the lights by clicking on the FX button, just to see the difference. Cool, now, feel free to experiment with these settings in order to find something which suits your project. So you don't actually have to keep with the exact settings that we have here. You can change the color, but this is what I'm going to use. Excellent, so once you're happy with the overall look of the text so far, it's time to create some shadows. Now, to do this, we'll want to duplicate the Main Title layer by clicking on the Main Title. And let's go ahead and go to Edit > Duplicate or Ctrl+D on the keyboard. Now, let's rename this title, oops, by double-clicking on that, let's rename it, hitting Enter on the keyboard, and let's rename this Title Shadow. Cool, and now let's go ahead and delete these effects here. And let's go to Effect > Generate > Fill. And we want to change the color to full black, so if we click on the eye icon on the Main Title here, you'll see this is the composition that we're working on. So now that it's filled full black, so again, click on the FX to see the difference. And now we'll just add a drop shadow to this. So go to Effect > Perspective > > Drop Shadow. And now again we can play about with the settings of the drop shadow here. So let's put the opacity to 60%, I want to put the direction to, let's keep it at 135. Distance, let's change it to 20, and the softness, let's change that to 20 as well. In fact, let's bring that a little bit closer, let's bring that to 10. Cool, and now you see we've got a nice little drop shadow for our text. Great, now to finish up this lesson, let's set the project. So go back to the Project panel here, and let's the set the project to 32 bits per channel. Now, to do this, hold the Alt button on your keyboard and click here. So it moves to 16 bits per channel, now to 32 bits per channel. So just keep Alt clicking on it until 32 bpc appears, like so. So there we have it, some nice light and shadow effects added to our text. In the next lesson, we'll learn how to add some lighting effects to the background of our video. See you all there.

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