Learn how to create trendy long shadows in After Effects with these terrific tutorials.

One design trend that you’ve probably seen popping up around the motion graphics world is long shadows. Not familiar with that term? Well, long shadows are a design technique in which the simulated shadows cast by an object extend beyond the frame.

Long shadows aren’t meant to simulate real life, rather they’re a current design trend that you can easily create yourself. In the following post we’ll look at a few creative ways to create long shadows in After Effects. If you can think of any other approaches,  please share in the comments below.

1. Creating Long Shadows in After Effects

Created By: The Creative Dojo 

This tutorial created by VinhSon Nguyen of the Creative Dojo shows us how to create long shadows in After Effects using a combination of the Matte Choker and CC Composite Effect. This technique does have a few limitations, but the end result is very nice in most circumstances.

2. Rotating Long Shadows

Created By: Mikey Borup

In this quick tutorial, Mikey Borup shows us how to create customizable long shadows that can be easily rotated with a control layer. While the tutorial is a little advanced, the end result is incredible and a must-watch for anyone looking to get greater control over their layers.

3. Long Shadows Created Using the Repeater

Created By: Evan Abrams 

In this tutorial by Evan Abrams, Evan shows us how to create a long shadow animation using the repeater effects combined with shape layers. This method gives users an extreme amount of control over the length and size of the shadows in After Effects.

Want to learn more about creating trendy graphics in After Effects? Check out a few of the following posts:

  1. After Effects Video Tutorials: Adding 3D Depth to 2D Pictures 
  2. 5 Motion Design Hacks 
  3. Power Up and Create Anime Electricity in After Effects!

Have any tips for creating long shadows in After Effects? Share in the comments below.