I have a project, where I need a big area evenly lit. I imagine a big room with a lot of top lights but the shadows just look like 20 independent hard shadows on top of each other and I can't get it to one smooth shadow. So I use a HDRI. The Problem there is that this wont cast shadows, or I don't know how. If there is a way to do that in eevee, this would be perfect. So I tried use global Ambient Occlusion, which works good, but... When ever an object passes in front of the AO-shadow, the shadow disappears.

1 the shadow of the table is missing on the left and in the hole of the cube

And I can't find anything about this. I use 2.83 but in 2.91 is the same problem. I also tried Irradiance Volume but that won't work for all of the moving parts I want to add. Does someone know what I am missing, or what I could do to lighten such a scene?

Here is the blend file. I added the cubes as placeholders.

  • $\begingroup$ Seems like a limitation: developer.blender.org/T60072 $\endgroup$
    – brockmann
    Dec 17, 2020 at 16:31
  • $\begingroup$ So SSAO just don't work with somthing else in front? Ist isn't a question of distance or clipping... But even if I use it for a relative big distance, it's kinda hard to think this usually isn't a Problem. How else would I get smooth shadows in this kind of setting? $\endgroup$
    – Haissem55
    Dec 17, 2020 at 17:14


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