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Black Shadows on Character

I've been trying to figure out how to soften the shadows on my character and world. I've scowered the internet, UE4 manual, and even answer hub with no solution. The game is a 3rd person game with with outdoor environments and dynamic lighting is a requirement. I've tried various settings on the directional light, tried adding a Sky Light, but nothing I have done seems to fix the pitch black shadows showing up. I've even thought maybe it was something on the material and removed the material with no success.

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Within UDK I could create and setup a DynamicLightingEnvironmentComponent that worked it's magic but I'm at a loss as to how to do it in UE4...

Any point in the right direction will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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asked Jul 26 '14 at 04:42 AM in Rendering

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Have you also disabled "cast shadow" in the skylight?

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answered Jul 26 '14 at 10:43 AM

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avatar image ArcainOne Jul 26 '14 at 02:53 PM

Just turned them off, the world looks a lot better but the character is still shrouded by black shadows.

avatar image ArcainOne Jul 28 '14 at 08:25 PM

Holy cow. After banging my head against the wall, doing more research than I knew what to do with I solved why my particular problem was occurring. The model uses the Fighter5347 was actually right with the "cast shadows" in the skylight but my ambient occlusion map was throwing the whole thing off. For reasons that escape me currently, I mulitplied the AO map by a constant of 0.01 which made if almost black... which in return made my model... almost black in the shadows. And thus rendred by character a creepy black shadow guy...

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Quick view of the new model with the AO texture fixed.

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