Adding a Shadow to a Drawing
Using the Tone effect, you can apply a shadow to a drawing. Contrary to the Shadow effect, the Tone effect does not convert your drawing into a shadow, it applies the shadow onto your drawing. The resulting render includes both the drawing to its shadow.
The Shadow effect uses a matte drawing layer to determine which areas of the drawing to apply the shadow to. The shadow will not be applied outside of the drawing or outside of the matte.
- Select a drawing layer and do one of the following:
- From the Node Library view, select the Tone effect and drag it to the Node view.
- In the Node view, right-click and select Insert > Combine > Tone.
While holding the Alt key, move the Tone node over the cable connecting the drawing to your scene's main composite. The Tone node will become connected as an intermediary between the drawing and its composite.
- In the toolbar above the layer list in Timeline view, click on Add Drawing Layer .
In the Add Drawing Layer dialog, give your new drawing layer a relevant name for a matte layer, such as "Matte-Drawing", then click on Add and Close.
In the new matte drawing layer, draw a matte for your effect. Your matte can be a simple shape, but should be filled with a colour, as only parts of the matte that are opaque will be taken in account.NOTE: Mattes can also have semi-transparent areas. Areas of the drawing that are covered by semi-transparent areas of the matte are partially affected by the effect.
Connect the Matte drawing to the Matte port of the Tone node.
- Display the Tone properties and adjust the properties to control the type and amount of blur and the colour of the Tone effect—see Tone Node.