First of all, I'm using the AE CS4 (due to the 32-bit version) and I have a little problem there:
Please check this image below:
As you can see, I have some rectangle and there's shadow in the back beneath it. What I wanna do, is that I want to create this rectangle and have SHADOW APPLIED on it but I DON'T want the solid to be affected by the light (as you can see, there's an ugly gradient caused by light).
I tried to enable the "accept shadows" and disable the "accept lights" option but that doesn't work since the layer doesn't accept lights it doesn't accept shadows, either. Any ideas?
So I came with temporary solution by creating a manual shadow by duplicating the rectangle, adding it back (Z-Axis) and then add a shadow color (black@15%) and adding a box blur with changing radius depending on the Z-Axis.
Just figured it out now! Strange, I did the same thing but it works now. Thanks for the answer!