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    Shadow Strength

    Probably not the correct terminology, but in Modeler 2018, where do I adjust for the intensity or strength of a shadow on
    an object? I want it to be more subtle.

    Also, can the 1st light in Modeler be a spot light? I'm not having luck making it one. It's either
    a distant light or nothing.

    Thanks
    Steve
    Last edited by stevedross; 05-09-2019 at 08:28 AM.

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    has to be one default light in a scene and one camera, change spot back to distant light and adjust it radius at bottom of light panel and watch how it softens

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevedross View Post
    Probably not the correct terminology, but in Modeler 2018, where do I adjust for the intensity or strength of a shadow on
    an object? I want it to be more subtle.
    Modeler is for modeling 3D objects.
    Layout is for setting up scene, lighting, cameras, and rendering.
    Did you mean Layout instead of Modeler?
    Modeler has no lights..

    Also, can the 1st light in Modeler be a spot light?
    Yes, you can have any light type as 1st light. In Layout.

    I'm not having luck making it one. It's either
    a distant light or nothing.
    It might be because you're not adjusting spot light direction correctly.
    Turn viewport mode from Perspective or Camera to Light View, to see where light is pointing. Use rotate tool to change it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sensei View Post
    Modeler is for modeling 3D objects.
    Layout is for setting up scene, lighting, cameras, and rendering.
    Did you mean Layout instead of Modeler?
    Modeler has no lights..



    Yes, you can have any light type as 1st light. In Layout.



    It might be because you're not adjusting spot light direction correctly.
    Turn viewport mode from Perspective or Camera to Light View, to see where light is pointing. Use rotate tool to change it.


    Yes, my bad. I meant to say Layout. I only have the 1 light in my scene and didn't know if I could soften the shadow being cast.

    Thanks you guys.

    Steve

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    You could also add an HDRI as a textured environment and change your light to an environment light; environment lights (depending on the HDRI) provide some excellent soft shadows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevedross View Post
    Yes, my bad. I meant to say Layout. I only have the 1 light in my scene and didn't know if I could soften the shadow being cast.

    Thanks you guys.

    Steve
    There are a number of new light types available with the 2018-19 releases and most have some sort of shadow adjust.
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