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michiel | 6 years ago | 7 comments | 3 likes | 2,732 views

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Here are 3 ways to create fake shadows.

BluffTitler can render real shadows, but sometimes it's easier or faster to create them yourself. This article offers 3 techniques to do that.

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This article explains how to create real shadows:

michiel, 6 years ago

Nice article Michiel,

In my previous experimentation, I came up with these exact results. Nothing beats "real" shadows, but this is an acceptable trade-off in certain circumstances.

IntroChamp, 6 years ago

How can I get the Fake Shadow more smooth?
Do I need a special FakeShadow.fx?


John (ProComGer), 6 years ago

It's easy to make your real shadows smooth: use the SHADOW SOFTNESS property of the light layer.

Making your fake shadows smooth takes a lot more work. Or not, I don't know.... I think I would select the shadow text layer, press the ATTACH BORDER TO ACTIVE LAYER button, select the GLOW BLACK preset and play around with the properties.

michiel, 6 years ago

Thank you very much, Michiel!
In the past days I have tried to edit the Clip.fx and the LightTube.fx to get a ReflectionPlane.fx on both effects.

To be honest: I didn't get the two fx's with a ReflectionPlane.fx.
I must have done something wrong ...

Do you have any idea?

Ik wens u een mooie avond en een geweldig begin van de week!


John (ProComGer), 6 years ago

Creating FXs is not easy. Please do not get frustrated trying to edit FXs if you are not a software engineer.

If you want to learn coding FXs I advise you to google on HLSL.

michiel, 6 years ago

Yes. I think I have to learn a bit more to be able to code FXs.
This calms me down ;-): I'm NOT a software engineer, even if I wished I was one.
But I tried programming some simple software by myself in C++ (more as a free time job).
But working in the media world, is not bad either ;-). So I'm happy!

Thanks for the tip! I'll have a second try to merge both functions into one fx ...

John (ProComGer), 6 years ago

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