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creating a drop shadow for one layer

Posted: Tue, 17th Mar 2009, 2:06pm

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Kris Kind

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Hi,
I'm looking for a way to ad a drop shadow to a layer. e.g. I have a person in front of green screen. No I set the key and want that person to drop a shadow on my next layer.
Let's say a 2D shadow on my background.

Any idea?
Posted: Tue, 17th Mar 2009, 2:51pm

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Axeman

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Duplicate the layer of the person, grade it so that it is entirely black, then add a touch of blur, set the transparency to around 70%, and switch the composite blend mode to Multiply.
Posted: Tue, 17th Mar 2009, 3:54pm

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Kris Kind

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Thank you! Do I need to add transparency from the grade tools?
Or can I set the transparency for a layer somewhere else, too?
Posted: Tue, 17th Mar 2009, 5:12pm

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spydurhank

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You can add the transparency filterdirectly on the video from the time line. Click "grade" on the shadow layer and you'll get the grade dialogue box on the top right of your screen. Scroll down till you find the transparency filter.
Once you activate it, do as Axeman stated. Turn it down to 70% then you can mess with animation tools to reposition the shadow layer in any direction you wish the shadow to fall.
Posted: Tue, 17th Mar 2009, 7:14pm

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Axeman

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Depending on how far the shadow is being cast, you may want to increase the scale of the shadow layer slightly as well.
Posted: Tue, 17th Mar 2009, 10:10pm

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Kris Kind

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Great, it works well!!!
Thank you so much!