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Eric Chard

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"Mirror Gradient" busted? : same effect as "Linear Gradient"
by Eric Chard 1 month ago
Very basic use of Gradients: getting the same result from LINEAR as I'm getting with MIRROR. Did it get busted v14.2.1, PS CC Win7 ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 2005." +++++
AECC not retaining workspace// error msg
by Eric Chard 1 month ago
For some reason, AECC never remembers the workspace I set and saved, as the default. Why might that be Do I have to explicitly tell it "Use this one!" EDIT: when trying to SAVE a Workspace, I get an e
Editing Text layer content, but NOT in the comp window
by Eric Chard 2 months ago
I have an EXTREMELY long horizontal text layer, and would prefer to edit it NOT in the UI, but in a separate panel, like an input panel. (I was hoping EDIT VALUE would allow this, rather like in the B
Re: Editing Text layer content, but NOT in the comp window
by Michael Szalapski 2 months ago
I just edit in Notepad or some other plain text editor, then paste it into AE. If you need to do things like set bold, italics, sizes, superscript, etc. I don't know of a way to do that anywhere but t
Bridge: make subwords automatically add keyword 'path'???
by Eric Chard 4 months ago
ADOBE BRIDGE: Is it possible to make it so that when you assign a "subword" keyword to an image, that the entire keyword "path" get applied to the images For instance, If I had the category HOUSE, wit
Re: Bridge: make subwords automatically add keyword 'path'???
by Eric Chard 4 months ago
No answer, but I figured it out. In PREFERENCES, there's a setting that will automatically add the keywords in the path to the images. So, done and dusted. ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmo
PSD import into AE?: PS Shape Layers not getting imported as Shape Layers. wuwt?
by Eric Chard 6 months ago
I have some PSD files with numerous Shape Layers in them, and on Import into AE CC the Shape Layers are not imported as Shapes, they seem to be ... Solids with a Mask applied. This is a problem becaus
Re: PSD import into AE?: PS Shape Layers not getting imported as Shape Layers. wuwt?
by Jason Jantzen 6 months ago
This is actually news to me as I bring most of my artwork from Illustrator and that converts to shape layers pretty well as long as you know what your doing. Sometimes it doesn't convert very well, bu
Embedding notes, documentation, etc within AE Project
by Eric Chard 7 months ago
Is there any facilty for adding annotations or notes INSIDE an AEP Something like metadata, but for the whole project. Or like PShop annotations. ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' sinc
Re: Embedding notes, documentation, etc within AE Project
by Eric Chard 7 months ago
Walter, thank you for reminding me about the Comments column (selfhedslap!) and for the idea about the Guide layers. Very useful! :genuflect: ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 20
So basic it's not included: saving a file that just has a bunch of clips
by Eric Chard 7 months ago
I must be missing something SO basic that it's not clearly addressed: I'm loading a bunch of (audio, obviously) clips so I can log and slice them up. But I can't seem to find a FILE SAVE format in Aud
Re: So basic it's not included: saving a file that just has a bunch of clips
by Rob Neidig 7 months ago
Eric, I believe if you create a multitrack project that it will save any files you have imported, even if you haven't put them on a timeline yet. If you are just in edit mode, then it will not save th
Copy & Transform, but on Smart Objects? Confirmation?
by Eric Chard 7 months ago
To simultaneously Copy & Transform, you use the CTRL+ALT+T combo. This works fine for normal bitmaps. However, it doesn't seem to work on Smart Objects. (Which seems odd, 'cuz it's kinda trivial.) Can
Markers: seem clumsy to label, better workflow?
by Eric Chard 7 months ago
Adding Markers to a track in Audition: giving the markers names seems a rather clumsy process-- it appears you have to dblclk on the marker name in the Marker Panel, rather than in the timeline. Not o
C4DL: Bevel
by Eric Chard 8 months ago
I'm following a tutorial that uses the ATOM array, which is not included in C4DL. I think I can fake what they're doing satisfactorily if I could just Bevel some faces in and then delete them. Unfortu
Re: C4DL: Bevel
by Brian Jones 7 months ago
http: www.kuroyumes-developmentzone.com cinema-4d free-plugins look for Advanced Atom Array on that page
AE and AUDITION: can AE use markers created in Audition?
by Eric Chard 8 months ago
Title pretty much asks it: Can AE use markers created in Audition So they show up when an audio clip is in the timeline Do you have to save in a specific format Thanks. ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the H
Re: AE and AUDITION: can AE use markers created in Audition?
by Eric Chard 8 months ago
Actually Dave, it works like a charm. The markers pictured were generated in Audition, displayed here in AE-CC: ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 2005." ++++++++++++++++
Simple workflow question: restricting playback to a 'work area'
by Eric Chard 8 months ago
Basic workflow question (noob level): I'm used to After Effects. How can I restrict playback in Audition to a short range, a 'work area' in AE terms Thanks. ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harm
PATH ui color? When used w/shape layers
by Eric Chard 8 months ago
I've got an open curve, a path, and the lack of contrast of the curve and its nodes and the composition is making it difficult to see to adjust. Is there a way to adjust the UI colors of the spline, s
Re: PATH ui color? When used w/shape layers
by Dave LaRonde 8 months ago
Sure! Look at the mask on the layer in the timeline. See the color chip next to it Click on it and make it any color you want. Relief ensues. Dave LaRonde Promotion Producer KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Ce
Key combo for "Toggle ALL Locks Except for this Layer"?
by Eric Chard 8 months ago
When Locking a layer, is there a key+mouse combo that will Lock all the OTHER layers IOW, say I have fifteen layers: I want to click on ONE layer and have the (vast) majority of the layers get Locked,
Re: Key combo for "Toggle ALL Locks Except for this Layer"?
by John Cuevas 8 months ago
I think you have to click "Cntl+A" to select all your layers, lock them, press F2 to deselect everything and unlock the one you want to use. Johnny Cuevas, Editor Thinkck.com "I have not failed 700 ti
C4DL: bonus features??: Fracture Object, Plain Effector, Random Effector
by Eric Chard 8 months ago
I registered my C4DL installation, but I'm not seeing the added features, namely Fracture Object, Plain Effector, Random Effector. Entering the Activation Code gives a successful return, so.... Where
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Centralized list of images used within a given C4D project?
by Eric Chard 8 months ago
When you've loaded a C4D project, is there a centralized list of images that can be found (In LW terms, is there a C4D Image Editor ) Thanks! ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 20
Re: Centralized list of images used within a given C4D project?
by Eric Chard 8 months ago
Looks good, thanks! ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 2005." ++++++++++++++++
Content Browser: bits and pieces, or subsets of scenes?
by Eric Chard 8 months ago
I've looked at the documentation and UI, and don't see a way to do this (yet), so: Using the Content Browser, iss there a way to import only small bits and pieces of a c4d scene, like ONE (1) specific
Re: Content Browser: bits and pieces, or subsets of scenes?
by Eric Chard 8 months ago
So, that's a "No". I was hoping to avoid loading the scene, although it's more of an academic concern than anything else, since Loading seems fast. I worry about performance slowdowns though. ++++++++
Quad View: re-arrange for personal preference?
by Eric Chard 8 months ago
Is there a way to re-arrange the order of the viewports when using Quadview The default is not (at all) my preferred configuration. Thanks! ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 2005
Re: Quad View: re-arrange for personal preference?
by Brian Jones 8 months ago
arrange them the way you want and save (Window Customization) the layout as the Startup Layout or name it something else that you can load up when you want.
C4DLite test plugins
by Eric Chard 8 months ago
According to the web, some plugins will work in C4D Lite. For testing purposes, what's a nice little freebie that will work inside c4dL, so I can get my feet wet without confusion Thanks! ++++++++++++
Duplication tools in C4D-- when do they stop being editable?
by Eric Chard 8 months ago
It SEEMS (says the noob) that certain tools in C4D stay "hot" for a while, and then at a certain point become static: specifically I'm talking about tools like DUPLICATE. For a while, you can adjust v
Re: Duplication tools in C4D-- when do they stop being editable?
by Brian Jones 8 months ago
usually the Apply starts what the tool does and you can change settings until you deselect the object or hit New Transform or change tools. basically you have to do it while it's hot when you see that
AE CC and C4D Lite
by Steven Pritchard 1 year ago
This is not a major issue, just curious to find out. When using AE CC to open a C4D file it defers to C4D R14 version that I have instead of the Lite version. I've tried various methods but I can't ge
Re: AE CC and C4D Lite
by Eric Chard 8 months ago
Another reason to have better control of this: I recently fired up a very old DEMO version of C4D to check something, and sure enough, when I tried to launch c4dL inside of AE (using ^e), it launched
C4DLite: Symmetry objects?
by Eric Chard 8 months ago
Is the Symmetry Object available in C4DLite tnx ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 2005." ++++++++++++++++
Re: C4DLite: Symmetry objects?
by Eric Chard 8 months ago
Oh (no). http: blogs.adobe.com aftereffects files 2013 04 C4D_ProductComparison.pdf ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 2005." ++++++++++++++++
PShop animation?: cumulative line drawing, aka "draw on" or "sketch-on"
by Eric Chard 8 months ago
Attempting to do a "cumulative" line drawing in PShop, but the animation controls are not exactly intuitive-- specifically, duplicating the last frame of the animation and drawing on it draws on EVERY
Re: PShop animation?: cumulative line drawing, aka "draw on" or "sketch-on"
by Herbert van der wegen 8 months ago
Photoshop is really the wrong software for that job, in my opinion. Even frame by frame animation is a chore in Photoshop compared to most other 2d animation apps. I feel excluding the use of other so
C4D Lite: Render>Make Preview --nothing showing in Picture Viewer
by Eric Chard 8 months ago
Working thru some tutorials for C4D Lite, got to Render Make Preview. C4DL pauses to apparently calculate the preview, launches Picture Viewer, but no preview appears. I've tried both QT and AVI forma
Vectorize Text Layer with faux bold effect?
by Eric Chard 10 months ago
Working on a logo and Franklin Gothic with the BOLD effect turned on perfectly matches the client's image. However, I need to vectorize (make path) the text, and apparently the effects are not vectori
without precomping, multiple layers define alpha of Solid?
by Eric Chard 10 months ago
gah, trying to remember how to do this: I want 3 separate animated Shape layers to define the alpha of a fourth Solid layer, and I'd prefer to do so without precomping. I thought I could do it w Stenc
Re: without precomping, multiple layers define alpha of Solid?
by John Cuevas 10 months ago
One method would be to use the preserve underlying transparency toggle. It's the little "T", between Mode and Track Matte. You would set your solid above your solids and toggle it. It's not going to w
Intersecting lines/objects: making intersection 'soft'? (fillets? chamfers?)
by Eric Chard 10 months ago
Imagine you've created two boxes or thick lines in two different Shape Layers (although it could be anything-- footage, text, whathaveyou). One horizontal, one vertical. How would one make the INTERSE
Re: Intersecting lines/objects: making intersection 'soft'? (fillets? chamfers?)
by Eric Chard 10 months ago
I'll give that a try, Kevin, thanks. To describe it 'better' (or at least more), what I'm attempting is almost a 'metaball' effect, but only in 2d, where the lines have a sort of illusion of surface t
Multiple layers contributing alphas for a color layer
by Eric Chard 10 months ago
I know this is possible, but disremembering how: I want to combine multiple layers such that their combined alphas modulate define a color layer, so that all one sees is a solid silhouette of one colo
Re: Multiple layers contributing alphas for a color layer
by Eric Chard 10 months ago
Emphasis here on MULTIPLE layers. Must it be pre-comped :( ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 2005." ++++++++++++++++
Bridge: doesn't respond to mouse wheel
by Eric Chard 11 months ago
Bridge CC, Windows 7: Does Bridge (a prog I luv 2 h8) respond to the mouse wheel For some reason I can't scroll thru the g.d. galleries in Bridge w my mouse tool - damn annoying. ++++++++++++++++ "Put
Re: Bridge: doesn't respond to mouse wheel
by Eric Chard 11 months ago
OK, very aggravating and KNOWN problem: If BRIDGE is on a 2ndary monitor to the left of the main monitor, the scroll wheel (often) does not work. On the main monitor, Brige+scroll works fine. Very ver
PShop CC: change hotkey, HËLP >>menu<< doesn't work
by Eric Chard 12 months ago
I changed the F1 key to SHIFT+F1, to ease animation flipping, and now the HELP doesn't come up when I use the MENU< selection. IOW, the Help doesn't come up at all. Not with the menu, not with the
LoopOut("cycle") on Mask Path-- fail!?!?
by Eric Chard 1 year ago
I'm rather surprised to see an error message when I attempted to apply loopOut("cycle") to animated Mask Path-- see the screenie to see the error. Now, why would that be To make sure, I used the verbo
Re: LoopOut("cycle") on Mask Path-- fail!?!?
by Eric Chard 1 year ago
Dan, thanks so much for your time!!! It seems I'm still not grokking how one simply easily saves an Expression for later use (actually saving is easy-- doing it in a productive way, not as easy): this
Virtual clone via expressions+script? // Auto-pickwhip dozens of parameters?
by Eric Chard 1 year ago
There's various ways around my particular need here, BUT in the interest of curiosity: Is there a script that will essentially CLONE a Text layer, and have the clone automagically (via expressions) ap
Re: Virtual clone via expressions+script? // Auto-pickwhip dozens of parameters?
by Eric Chard 1 year ago
Maybe not: since, for example, the FONT is not an animatable property, you cannot simply pickwhip it. ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 2005." ++++++++++++++++
Prelude: 3gp doesn't accept markers // AUTO re-ingesting movie clips?
by Eric Chard 1 year ago
Just starting out w Prelude.... I ingested a bunch of 3gp movie clips, no problemo, but when I went to add markers to them it just wasn't happening. I'm guessing that's because Prelude doesn't support
Prelude: hover scrub -- so, the width of the thumbnail = the length of the clip?
by Eric Chard 1 year ago
PRELUDE: when you are using the 'hover scrub' feature, is the width of the thumbnail essentially the length of the clip So, when you hover on the left, you're at the start, at the right the end, and t
BOTH In and Out: Looping expressions, combo in/out ?
by Eric Chard 1 year ago
I thought I remembered a variety of the Loop expression that was a combination of LoopIn and LoopOut, in that it would repeat a set of keyframes both BEFORE the first keyframe and AFTER the last keyfr
Re: Saving as Preset: In and Out: Looping expressions, combo in/out ?
by Eric Chard 1 year ago
That's a beauty Dan, thank you so much! ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 2005." ++++++++++++++++
File: AE7 version of anchor point exercise
by Eric Chard 1 year ago
zip file an AE7 version http: f1.creativecow.net 6229 ae7-version-of-anchor-point-exercise
File: Anchor expression
by Eric Chard 1 year ago
zip file experiments w moving anchors and hold keyframes http: f1.creativecow.net 6216 anchor-expression
File: Anchor point child example
by Eric Chard 1 year ago
zip file A file free example http: f1.creativecow.net 6215 anchor-point-child-example
Problems w/installations that are not on C: ? (Windows7)
by Eric Chard 1 year ago
Has anybody with CC apps not installed on C: encountered problems w updating, especially w the CSXS Extension upgrades ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 2005." ++++++++++++++++
Lightroom installs on wrong drive, despite CC preferences set correctly
by Eric Chard 1 year ago
I have the INSTALL location in the CC application set to E: Programs Adobe. Despite this, LIGHTROOM installed in C: Programs Adobe Annoying, since C: is jammed up right now and LR is very large and sl
Re: Lightroom installs on wrong drive, despite CC preferences set correctly
by Todd Kopriva 1 year ago
Bring questions and issues about downloading, installation, and activation to this forum: http: forums.adobe.com community download_install_setup ------------------------------------------------------
LUVVING (/sarc) the 'option' to update CC
by Eric Chard 1 year ago
Launched CC to update components. Alert for "A new CC is available -- Update Quit or Cancel " Hit Quit -- CC quits. okayyyy, hit Cancel. --CC quits Hit X box in corner of dialog --CC quits THAAAAAAAAA
Re: LUVVING (/sarc) the 'option' to update CC
by Walter Soyka 1 year ago
The Creative Cloud application installer doesn't run like a normal application. It runs as a system tray task (Windows) or menu bar icon (Mac), and its UI window seems to vanish pretty easily even whe
Lightroom not appearing as an option, now that I want to use it (Windows)
by Eric Chard 1 year ago
For a while everytime I connected my camera (Canon 60D) Lightroom would open, but I found that annoying (since I didn't want to use learn Lightroom), so I disabled that. The time to learn Lightroom ha
Targeting a Light at a 3D child layer // world coordinates
by Eric Chard 1 year ago
(another user suggest I repost this here....) I wanted to target a light at a layer, so I used the pickwhip to substitute the layer's position for the lights POI. This worked fine. However, I wanted g
Re: Targeting a Light at a 3D child layer // world coordinates
by Darby Edelen 1 year ago
Eric Chard "Sadly, this did not work. In 3D terms I need the 'world coordinates' of the null, not the keyframed coords, since they just sit at 0 0 0." This would give you the world coordinates of a l


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