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Everytime I am doing one thing another problem comes up, and I have a deadline to follow unless there is a way to create shadows using another software (after effects)? I want to composite this thing in after effects but I cannot do something simple like a shadows pass. I followed the shadows pass tutorials but of course nothing works. Here is my node setup:

as the backdrop shows, there is only black

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here are other settings

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Is there anything I am doing wrong?

an update to my node setup:

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  • $\begingroup$ any more answers $\endgroup$ Nov 24, 2013 at 13:40
  • $\begingroup$ Related: blender.stackexchange.com/q/3002/599 $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Nov 24, 2013 at 19:08
  • $\begingroup$ Note that if all you want is a shadow pass that includes everything in the scene, you don't need a second renderlayer. You can just enable the shadow pass on the character layer. $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Nov 24, 2013 at 19:17
  • $\begingroup$ I tried that and nothing worked. Maybe I should continue this without shadow. But it will look weird. $\endgroup$ Nov 25, 2013 at 0:20
  • $\begingroup$ Hmm. What precisely didn't work? Could you upload your .blend? $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Nov 25, 2013 at 0:45

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Here is a simple example for using Shadow pass in your case:

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I personally prefer combining shadow with other passes like AO, for better result.

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  • $\begingroup$ it still didn't work. I see the background but not the character and the shadow. $\endgroup$ Nov 24, 2013 at 23:45
  • $\begingroup$ @user2883800 Would you like to share with the .blend file? You needn't pack all source data, but should be with same settings. $\endgroup$ Nov 25, 2013 at 3:05
  • $\begingroup$ it worked. I needed to ad an extra node that was used in another tutorial. I just placed it on there randomly and the shadow appeared. thank you. $\endgroup$ Nov 25, 2013 at 4:01
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    $\begingroup$ Please help future users by telling us what node you added and where you put it. (If you just randomly put it somewhere and it worked, then it was probably a viewer node, which is not required for the final compositing). $\endgroup$
    – Matt
    Nov 26, 2013 at 22:57
  • $\begingroup$ I used the image scale node and connected to the image node. $\endgroup$ Nov 30, 2013 at 16:25

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