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Tip #1483: Quick Lighting Trick
Here’s a quick lighting trick to add visual interest to 3D text or 3D objects: Add a light.
The default light is “Ambient.” This means equal light from all directions. It makes everything visible, but there’s very limited modeling.
Instead, add a 3D element (object or text):
- Select the object and turn off Environmental Lighting in the Inspector. (Don’t panic if everything goes black.!)
- Choose Object > New Light (an alternative is to use Object > New Light Group).
- Select the light element in the Layers panel.
- In Inspector > Light, change the Light Type to either Point (used in the screen shot) or Directional. Then change either the position (Point) or rotation (Directional) for the light.
- Keep moving the light until you get a more interesting visual look.
Adding lights does not also require adding a camera. Point lights can only be moved, while Directional lights can only be rotated.
You can also use lights for 2D elements, like video, but it won’t be as effective.