The native drop shadow effects in After Effects are boring. With these drop shadow tools, you'll be able to achieve a more eye-catching and aesthetic drop shadow for text, images and other foreground elements.
Adding a drop shadow element to your foreground elements such as text, soldi layers and images can add a sense of depth to your video. When used correctly, shadows can dramatically enhance the feel of your video sequence, and best of all, they're easy to use even if you're just a beginner!
Drop shadows in After Effects (and in general design) are used to accentuate the appearance that a foreground element is positioned above another element. This could be text in front of a plain background, or even a transparent object nestled In front of other layers.
Usually, drop shadows aren't meant to be realistic looking as they are only used for decoration, however, if you're trying to achieve a real-life look, you can do so by using separate black or dark solid layers as a drop shadow instead of the drop shadow effect itself. This method of drop shadow creation may also require knowledge about After Effects 3D cameras and light positioning.
For text, PNGs and other simple motion graphics, shadows can be achieved easily using the drop shadow effect.
You also have the ability to animate any parameter of the drop shadow effect by keyframing certain properties. See the templates below to find inspiration on how direction among other properties are adjusted to create eye-catching designs.
Here are three easy-to-customize presets and templates that you can use to achieve a better looking drop shadow in After Effects. The first one is free to download and the following two will require a Motion Array subscription.
A popular look in recent motion design, the long shadow titles look good for opener videos and intros.
This template contains 10 unique drop shadow text styles which simulate the appearance that the text is under a spotlight, and thus, resulting in a shadow.
Here are 10 unique presets for creating the ideal drop shadow effect for your text and foreground layers. We suggest you try each one to see what works best.