Types of Lights in After Effects

In Lights in After Effects software, we have different types of light effect in After Effects:

  • Spot Light
  • Parallel Light
  • Point Light
  • Ambient Light

1.Spot Light

A spotlight works just as a spotlight works in real life. The light in only one direction with the specified range, spread, width, and more. This is a single point you can point around and point at things. Typically, they are smaller, more spherical focused lights that you can control how wide or narrow it is and how sharp the fall is. Spotlights are used to highlight a particular part of a frame and the rest is accompanied by a sharp drop in the black shadow.

2. Point Light

Point lights produce light from the position they hold – as if you took a light bulb and suspended it with a wire and used it in a light frame. This is a point light that you can move around but without additional features of the spotlight. To control the point light field, you control its brightness, so it brightens the point light of the scene you show, but it will start blowing anything directly around the point of light.

3. Parallel Light

A parallel light is a hybrid between spotlights and ambient lights. Parallel lights are evenly distributed light throughout the composition like ambient light, but in just one direction like a spot light.

4. Ambient Light

Ambient lights form a universal light source throughout the composition, providing flat illumination regardless of the position of the layer. It produces light for the entire scene but without its maneuver or ability to directly control cones or fellows. Ambient light is closely related to the sun, it will light your entire scene but you do not have much control over it. If you want a lighting effect over the entire frame, ambient light will be used often.

  1. Make Composition

    Ctrl + N For new Composition or click on Small icon of compositionComposition

  2. Solid Layer

    To create solid layer Ctrl+shift+N or right click on free space area of the timeline
    Solid layers

  3. 3d layer

    Select 3d icon to convert layer to 3d layer
    3d layer

  4. Rotate Layer

    Select the layer and rotate their “Orientation” first number that indicates x-asis =90 and rest zero.
    rotate layer

  5. Text layer

    Create text layer, for that press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+T .and write text. in this case, we write “light”
    Text layer

  6. Light Layer

    Press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+L for light or right-click on free space area in the timeline and select New>Light layer
    light layer

  7. Light Setting

    Light setting you have option to select which type light you wantlight setting


    Select view from the composition panel.

  9. Move light

    Move light from composition for that Press Alt+Drag
    move light

  10. Cast Shadow

    Select layers Go to> Material Option>Cast Shadow and press “On”light text layer

  11. Arrange Layer

    Arrange bg layer like below image

  12. Keyframe Animation

    Click Stopwatch of Position and give below parameter to Position and keyframe
    Position=926,790,-1200 Frame=0:00:00:00
    Position=1454,790,-936 Frame=0:00:01:00
    Position=494,790,-924 Frame=0:00:02:00
    Position=494,130,-1380 Frame=0:00:02:29
    Position=926,790,-1200 Frame=0:00:03:29
    keyframe animation

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