3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 22, 2016 7:39 AM by Szalam

    Shadows Won't Diffuse


      This is driving me nuts.

      I'm having 3D text cast shadows, and while I can adjust the shadow darkness perfectly fine, the shadow diffusion is completely unresponsive.  I crank the diffusion into the thousands, yet it remains exactly rigid.

      Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 12.03.19 PM.pngScreen Shot 2016-08-18 at 12.03.35 PM.png

        • 1. Re: Shadows Won't Diffuse
          Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Did you read the warnings when you enabled Ray-traced  rendering?


          If you want diffused shadows and you want to use extruded text and the Ray-traced rendering engine you will have to jump through a bunch of pre-comp hoops or better yet, use C4D Lite, which now comes with After Effects to generate your extruded text.


          Ray-traced rendering is no longer being developed because Nvidia completely changed the direction they were going and adobe wisely chose not to pursue a technology that never really had much of a chance of doing anything.

          • 2. Re: Shadows Won't Diffuse
            Szalam Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            Check the Fast Previews popup menu in the bottom row of the comp panel and ensure it’s set to Adaptive Resolution, or Off.

            • 3. Re: Shadows Won't Diffuse
              Szalam Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              Also, check your ray-trace quality.

              ray-trace quality.png

              If that's what it looks like, change it!