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Cinema 4D Tutorial: How to Create Long Shadows

Caleb Ward

Learn how to create trendy responsive long shadows in this Cinema 4D tutorial.

Along with 2D animation, long shadows have grown in popularity over the last few years. Typically, when someone makes a long shadow, they will use After Effects. However, this method comes with its own set of problems.

Long Shadow Loop

One of the biggest disadvantages to creating long shadows in After Effects is the fact that long shadows in AE don’t have Z-space information included in them. This means long shadows can’t stretch and squash to act more realistic.

On the other hand, if you use Cinema 4D, you can create realistic long shadows that reflect an object’s scale in Z-space. In the following Cinema 4D tutorial, we’ll learn how to perform this task. The tutorial covers:

  • Using Projection Cams
  • Working with Infinite Lights
  • Using Sketch and Toon
  • Stylizing 2D Glass Objects
  • Using A Compositing Tag

This video was created by EJ Hassenfratz of Eyedesyn. Thanks for sharing, Mr. Hassenfratz!

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