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Lights and Lux for After EffectsFour 3D setups for After Effects Trapcode in order to get the volumetric light effects. Without the plugin, by using the 3D light rigs, you can still achieve some pseudo-global illumination as well.
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Note: Lights in After Effects work only on 3D layers.
It is important to remember that lights are special 3D objects that effect only 3D layers. In After Effects alone, although lights illuminate 3D layers (and Invigorator objects), their rays cannot be seen within the comp without the aid of a plugin. Trapcode Lux comes in handy for exactly this effect: volumetric light. (Check the CreativeMac tutorial archive for more on Lux).
These are After Efffects lights:
These are After Effects lights rendered:
These are After Effects lights with LUX applied:
and with LUX and Colorama (default Fire setting, input= Alpha)
Due to the fact that these lights will only effect 3D layers, and 3D layers can exist on multiple planes, and cast shadows on each other as well. (See: MacAnimationPro tutorial)