i am creating a video in After Effects CS5 for a study project and i need some help with this:
I habe a ground on which my elements are 'standing' (shape layer). It receives no light, but shadow. Everything as i want it so far.
But when i add effeccts to the ground (for example a gradient), the shadow disappears.
Here some screenshots of my problem:
Shadow is working, no effects on the ground (shape layer):
As is add effects to the shape layer, the shadow disappers:
I really hope someone can help me out with that.
Greetings from Germany,
You've run into a render order prolem unique to Shape layers. You have 3 options that will solve the problem.
1. Keep your shape layer 2D, apply the effects and precompose. Then set the pre-comp as a 3D layer and re-position.
2. Use a solid instead of a shape layer.
3. If you need a gradient on your shape layer then fill with a gradient instead of using ramp to re-color the layer.