v1.5 Red Giant VFX Shadow


Red Giant VFX Shadow


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Red Giant VFX Shadow

Create complex perspective shadows in After Effects

Create Fast Shadows with Red Giant VFX Shadow

Red Giant VFX Shadow is a plugin for After Effects that makes it super easy to add a perspective shadow in front of or behind a layer, based on its alpha channel, brightness, and more. With options for softness, bend, length, color, and many other properties, the Shadow effect goes far beyond the various shadow tools available inside After Effects.

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Visual Effects

A missing shadow is a sure give away that your composited foreground object wasn’t in the original shot. Shadow gives you a fast way to help sell a professional composite.

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Motion Graphics

Use Shadow to add depth to your motion graphics. Go for realism, or create stylized looks.

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VFX Shadow has been designed to have lots of features to make adding shadows to your keyed footage simple and fast.

Easy User Interface

Shadow’s visual user interface makes it easy to grab on the effect and take control. Change the angle, shadow start point and the bend with simple handles in the AE comp window.

Fade and Softness

It’s easy to blur or change the opacity of the entire shadow, but one of the unique, powerful aspects of this effect is its ability to blur and fade the shadow as it gets further from the source.


Shadow makes it easy to manage both scale and offsets for more convincing (or stylized) results.


Is there a wall behind your foreground object? Shadow can bend the effect to give the illusion that your subject’s shadow is cast on the floor and then up a wall.


Change your shadow color, and even have it fade from one color to another based on edge softness. Alternately, you can cast 2 shadow colors based on the luminance of the source layer.

Motion Blur

Shadow has the ability to add motion blur for even more realism.


Shadow is GPU accelerated so you’ll get fast feedback and rendering.

Show Shadow Only (NEW)

Based on a popular request from customers, Shadow 1.5 now includes a one-click solution for instantly hiding the contents of the source layer and showing only the shadow. This is very useful for situations where you’d separate out the source and shadow as layers in order to add effects to your source that you don’t want applied to your shadow.

Distortion (NEW)

Not all shadows are perfectly flat. Shadow 1.5 includes the ability to distort your shadow over bumps and dips in the background layer for a more realistic composite.

Host Applications

  • Adobe After Effects CC 2018-2020

Operating Systems

Apple Macintosh

  • Mac OS X 10.13-10.15
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 800 MB of Hard Drive space


  • Windows 10 and later
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 800 MB of Hard Drive space

Additional Requirements

  • The minimum GPU required is an Intel HD 5000 integrated graphics chip. Of course, newer and faster discrete GPU components from AMD and Nvidia will yield faster performance.
    • For Nvidia, we recommend 9xx series graphics cards or newer; mobile GPUs; or the professional series Quadro cards.
    • For AMD, we recommend 200 series graphics cards or newer; mobile GPUs; or the professional series FireGL cards.
  • VRAM size requirements: For HD resolution output, we recommend that your GPU have at least 2 GB of memory. If you are planning on doing high-resolution project in 4K or more, we recommend a GPU with at least 4 GB of memory.
  • Any CPU from Intel or AMD is supported.


  • Show Shadow Only option
  • Distortion/displacement for better composites


Updated to support the latest shared resources.


Initial Release

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Getting Started with Red Giant Shadow #gettingstarted

Get started with Shadow, one of the brand new tools in Red Giant VFX Suite with this tutorial created by Brian Behm.