Friday, December 5, 2014

Soft and harsh Sun Shadows

Most clients are looking for softer shadows - especially for exterior scenes.

Today a client want to know how to make the shadows more defined.

Both of these conditions are determined by the amount of sky used to illuminate things, and by the amount of cloudiness.

Soft Sun Shadows

There are several things which effect the softness of shadows from the sun.


If the Sky is turned on, or turned on for illumination even when off, then light from the sky will soften the shadows from the sun.


Even with no sky, the Cloudiness Setting will make the shadows software by adding a cloudy effect.
Sun, Sky and Cloudiness settings

Default for Sun, Sky and Cloudiness

Sky turned off - Cloudiness still at 20

No sky or clouds