To really improve the look of your scene, you can use the Drop Shadow effect. It is easy and efficient to use. If you have a light source such as the sun or a lamp in a scene, use the Drop Shadow effect to give a more convincing look to your scene. The shadow you create will follow your animation, even if you make some modifications afterward.
To create a Drop Shadow effect:
|1.||In the Special Effects toolbar, click the Drop Shadow Effect button.|
You can also add the Drop Shadow effect from the Timeline toolbar.
|‣||In the Timeline view, click the Add New Element button.|
The New Elements dialog box opens.
|‣||From the Type list, select Drop Shadow Effect.
|‣||In the Name field, rename the effect appropriately.
|2.||Drag the selected layer ONTO the Drop Shadow layer.|
The shadow appears in the Camera view.
|3.||In the Timeline view, select the Drop Shadow effect.|
|4.||In the Camera view, click on the shadow's anchor points and position the drop shadow properly.|
|5.||In the Properties view, double-click the colour swatch to adjust the shadow colour.|
|6.||In the Properties view, move the Opacity slider left or right to adjust the shadow's transparency.|
|7.||In the Properties view, select the Hide Elements option if you want to temporarily hide the original drawing while you reposition its shadow.|
|8.||In the Properties view, click Reset Position if you want to cancel any position modifications you did to the shadow.|