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ACM Definitions: Shadows


NATURAL SHADOW - Selecting the Natural shadow selects the actual shadow produced when the capture is taking place.  


  • Brush Tool - In this option you are able to draw your own shadow if you would like. Use a brush to draw, erase, or blur the edges of your shadow. You can also use a shape to draw your shadow. If you want to combine a couple of shadow options, you are able to do that as well with the copy function.
  • Shape Tool - Use the draw shape tool to use a polygon shape to draw in your shadow. Click on your screen to add points and stretch the lines to your liking. Fill draws the shadow in, while erase, erases the shadow for you. When you get the shadow the way you want it to look, click apply shape.

NO SHADOW - Removes the shadows in the capture

CONTACT POINTS - You have the ability to put contact points under the legs; for example, to give the appearance of a shadow. To add them, simply click where you would like to place them. Click on the points while holding the Shift if you would like to delete them.  

RECTANGLE - The Rectangle is precisely just that: a rectangle shadow. When editing a rectangle or round shadow click and drag the shadow on the canvas to move it around the ground plane.

ROUND - The Round is precisely just that: a round shadow.

SILHOUETTE - Places a dark object shape figure on to the ground planes


  • SHADOW DIRECTION - To change the direction of the shadow 
  • SHADOW STRENGTH - To change the strength of the shadow
  • SHADOW THRESHOLD - To Change the threshold of the shadow
  • SHADOW BOOST - To change the boost of the shadow 
  • BLUR - Softens the edges of the shadow

VIGNETTE - Vignette is a tool that helps diffuse the edge of shadows to give them a natural blend. The Vignette can be adjusted by using the slider found under the Controls panel.

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