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Light and shade are subtle things. They allow us to perceive a scene in all manner of different ways - it conveys a sense of position, of placement and closeness of objects to one another, of time of day, and of atmosphere. When you look at an image, it's hard to put your finger on all these subtleties, but you can be sure of one thing… you miss them when they are not there!
In CG, good illumination can simply mean the difference between things looking real and things looking unreal. Control of the lighting is a must for making a scene look good and it's a double-must for believably compositing CG created stuff into shot footage.
Illumination adds a new dimension of lighting control to After Effects. By automating the creation and control of banks of point lights, Illumination brings a new type of lighting to AE - the softbox. Soft lights mean soft shadows, making objects feel much more believable.
Illumination's softbox lights are centrally controllable from 3D layers - not only their positioning in space is controllable from the control layer, but also brightness, shadow darkness and shadow diffusion. What's more, the lights take their color from the underlying layer, so you can create amazing gradient lighting, soft ambient shadows and daylight effects easily. You can also curve your light banks to wrap your lighting around a scene.
Illumination is great on its own or as a basis to build on, adding combinations of other After Effects lights, to amazing effect.
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