I did this in Holding Our Own 1.
I use an older program called Corel PhotoPaint 7, part of CorelDraw 7.
If you can get a copy of this, I use the Drop Shadow effect:
Make a mask of the digits
turn mask to object
Perform four drop shadows, one in each direction, with offset 0 and feather 3 or so, in the same color as the digits
Perform four more, one in each direction, with offset 1 and feather 0, in black, or whatever the background color is
When compositing into the film, make it about 20 to 25% transparent (75 to 80% opaque), to let a bit of the background seep in, so it doesn't look so high-contrast that it's obviously an effect. This should help you with your concerns that you want it to be more realistic.
Another method is to make a copy of the digits to the clipboard, do a gaussian blur on the original, then superimpose the clipboard copy as a new object. Still do the black drop shadow, or before pasting the digits from the clipboard, make an object out of the gaussian blurred image underneath and make it 50% transparent so it's a more subtle glow.
Last edited by HoldingOurOwn (March 4, 2017 (06:28am))
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