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Particle emitter: re-starting renders?
by Eric Chard 2 days ago
(R17) I'm in the middle of a 15 hour render so I can't test this, so I'll ask: I've noticed that restarting an "editor playback" of an emitter changes the way the particles move, especially if one has
Re: Particle emitter: re-starting renders?
by Eric Chard 9 hours ago
That's good to know, as I watched a video about cacheing and it seemed to at least heavily imply that glitches were to be expected in the render if it were restarted. This is re-assuring, although I'm
Emulating dynamic PShop "stamp" or "clone" effect in AE?
by Eric Chard 1 week ago
I'm erasing a "badge" on the back end of a station wagon in some moving footage. What would make this a breeze is if I could tie the color of the masking solid to a sampling area near the badge, so th
Re: Emulating dynamic PShop "stamp" or "clone" effect in AE?
by Walter Soyka 1 week ago
You could use sampleImage() in an expression to drive the Fill color. As always, Dan Ebberts illuminates: https: www.motionscript.com design-guide sample-image.html Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scienti
Simple: radio waves that taper as they age
by Eric Chard 2 weeks ago
Trying for something REALLY simple: using the "radio waves" effect to make an animated expanding "bullseye", but I want the strokes to get thinner as they age. There's a "start width" and "end width"
Re: Simple: radio waves that taper as they age
by Eric Chard 1 week ago
Bueno: "Lifespan" is the key. THANKS. ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 2005." ++++++++++++++++
Creating a *horizontally* looping animation - where the left-end and right-end of frame complete each other
by Jeng Oh 1 month ago
Hey so I REALLY hope someone has dealt with this before or has some idea on how to go about it. So I have an animation I'm going to project on 4 walls - which means at the far width-ends the animation
Re: Creating a *horizontally* looping animation - where the left-end and right-end of frame complete each other
by Eric Chard 4 weeks ago
One way of considering it might help you, since we have no idea what you are attempting in terms of animation: Sometimes putting the camera INSIDE the scene eases this kind of problem. For instance, i
"Driving" the camera while looking thru the lens (R17)
by Eric Chard 4 weeks ago
(R17) When you are changing the Camera location while viewing thru the lens in the viewport, how do you dolly in out That is, without using the Transform gizmo at all, mouse only. The scroll wheel wor
Re: "Driving" the camera while looking thru the lens (R17)
by Steve Bentley 4 weeks ago
Ya gotta watch that scroll wheel. Depending on your set up you can actually be changing your focal length instead of dollying, which is why, after a bit of in and out and moving around (no really, I'm
(R17) Working in partial symmetry?
by Eric Chard 2 months ago
(R17) Working in partial symmetry : Imagine you have a piece of 3d clip art that's been 'frozen', like a character mesh, that's mostly symmetrical, and you want to edit the face in a symmetrical manne
Adjusting Polygon Pen radius on the fly?
by Eric Chard 2 months ago
I'm reasonably sure there's a way to adjust the Polygon Pen radius interactively, with the mouse, but I've been unable to determine which key makes it happen. Anyone know Tnx. ++++++++++++++++ "Puttin
Re: Adjusting Polygon Pen radius on the fly?
by Eric Chard 2 months ago
FOUND IT: middle mouse drag to adjust brush radius. ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 2005." ++++++++++++++++
Children of a TAPER'D parent? (R17)
by Eric Chard 2 months ago
I'm (attempting to) model a simple turntable object. The platter (a Cylinder primitive) has a standard taper such that the top is narrower than the bottom. The TAPER modifier is a child of the platter
Re: Children of a TAPER'D parent? (R17)
by Eric Chard 2 months ago
I prefer this final solution, as I find the "use a null" solution to be lame-ish, since it requires me to remember to manipulate something other than the actual object to achieve motion. Thanks for th
auot-Photomerge not hacking it
by Eric Chard 9 months ago
The purely automatic PS Photomerge is not hacking it for the photo set I have. There used to be facilities where the user could indicate which points lined up. Does PS have that anymore (If ever ) +++
Re: auot-Photomerge not hacking it
by Kalleheikki Kannisto 9 months ago
Ended up using a trial version of some standalone panorama software instead. Kalleheikki Kannisto Senior Graphic Designer
Quick key for alternating between PAINT and ERASE?
by Eric Chard 10 months ago
Is there a key that you can hold down while PAINTING (ie BRUSH), that will automagically alternate between painting and erasing I'm looking to avoid changing tools: specifically I'm looking for a key
Re: Quick key for alternating between PAINT and ERASE?
by Jeff Hinkle 10 months ago
Hold the E key. You'll get the eraser for as long as you hold and switch back to the brush when you release. Tapping will swap tools, holding will temporarily toggle. --- It is easier to destroy than
Blending mode: darken only slightly darker text...
by Eric Chard 11 months ago
I should have figured this out long ago, but I'm asking now: I have grey text on a white background. Which brush blending mode (and color, but I'm guessing black) will darken ONLY the text, w o colori
Simple SHEAR tool?
by Eric Chard 1 year ago
Is there a SHEAR tool in c4d Not a deformer, but a tool like Move or Rotate is a tool. Thanks. (Specifically, I want to angle the top of a cylinder: the points will move ONLY in the Y direction, but t
Re: Simple SHEAR tool?
by Brian Jones 1 year ago
the 'close' edge and 'far' edge are not clear but how about the move tool with a soft selection
Single-button vignette layer?
by Eric Chard 1 year ago
Is there any tool script that would generate a vignette layer at the touch of a button Ideally, such a tool would: generate a full-comp black layer; add an inverse mask to it; feather the mask by some
Re: Single-button vignette layer?
by Cassius Marques 1 year ago
Well, if you can do it with effects, the circle effect alone can get you 90% of the way, you could save it as a preset and just double click it anytime you want, without nothing selected it would crea
Create selection by...visiblity (not opacity)
by Eric Chard 3 years ago
I have some white pillows on a 100% white background. While the pillows are "white", they are certainly darker than the background. So, after making some erasures of whatnot, I'm using DARKEN blending
Re: Create selection by...visiblity (not opacity)
by Jeff Hinkle 3 years ago
I'd do a linked Levels Adjustment Layer to the pillows layer (ALT OPT-click between the layers so the Adjustment is only affecting the pillow layer) and darken them as far as possible. Super-dark. You
Add guides, when you've moved the origin: bug?/design limitation?
by Eric Chard 3 years ago
Although I've moved the rulers' origin spot, NEW GUIDE seems to act like it's still registered to the upper left corner of the blank document. BUT, I'd prefer the new guide to be relative to my person
CC Bridge: win10/ cache location change???
by Eric Chard 3 years ago
the PREFERENCES cache location dialog doesn't even display all the drives on my W10 system. I'd like to move the CACHE to a roomier drive. Is that possible ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmo
10 letter word , animation like gazelle?
by Eric Chard 3 years ago
Suggestions : I want to make a ten-letter word "jump" or "leap" onto the screen as if it were a gazelle or antelope. All I can think of to do is brute-force it and animate it letter by letter. (Not my
Re: 10 letter word , animation like gazelle?
by Greg Gesch 3 years ago
Hi. You might look at Bezier Warp effect. Go to the stop point and keyframe everything, then move back a few frames and make the arc you want it to travel, then keyframe the text position off to on. I
Disappearing fonts in AEP
by Eric Chard 4 years ago
Occasionally I'll open an AEP and get an alert that some of my 'dependencies' are missing, in this case meaning fonts. Since the fonts WERE there before, what might cause them to disappear and or simp
Re: Disappearing fonts in AEP
by Eric Chard 4 years ago
Nope: standard local *.otf fonts. It's not just that they're not "installed", the files themselves (as best as I can tell, hard to know with font vs filenames) seem to be not on the machine. +++++++++
Changing a Text layer from, um, 'paragraph' format to 'one line' format
by Eric Chard 4 years ago
I accidentally drew out a box for a Text layer instead of just clicking. How does one convert a Text layer from that box format to a simple line of text format Thanks! ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HA
Re: Changing a Text layer from, um, 'paragraph' format to 'one line' format
by Kalleheikki Kannisto 4 years ago
Select all in text box, copy, create new text layer by clicking, paste.
Adding Expressions while in the Graph Editor?
by Eric Chard 4 years ago
I can't seem to find the proper combination of keyboarding to get Expressions into the comp window while in Graph Editor display. Is this possible It seems like it is possible, but I'm not getting it.
Re: Adding Expressions while in the Graph Editor?
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 4 years ago
In the Graph Editor, click on the icon to the right of the eye icon. You'll be able to select Show Expression Editor from the menu. HTH - Roland TypeGEMs - the Definitive Type Gizmo for AE http: broad
Post-keys behaviour: "keep going" keyframe
by Eric Chard 7 years ago
In LightWave, you can set a keyframe channel's post-keyframe behaviour to "Linear", in which the channel curve will continue going off in the last slope it was heading, instead of resetting or become
Re: Post-keys behaviour: "keep going" keyframe
by Eric Chard 4 years ago
(and me, again, 3 yrs later!) ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 2005." ++++++++++++++++
CC; selecting VECTOR MASKS
by Eric Chard 4 years ago
If I create a vector mask using the tool at the bottom of the layer panel such that the mask covers the entire layer, I am unable to select that mask with Path Selection Tool or the Direct Selection T
Re: CC; selecting VECTOR MASKS
by Kalleheikki Kannisto 4 years ago
I tried this out and believe the problem is that it doesn't actually create a mask path when you press the add vector mask button. If it did, drawing another mask on it would make the second mask a bo
Save As with incremental filenames via Actions?
by Al Jensen 12 years ago
Does anyone know if there's a way to automate via an Action filesaving with an incremental number If I'm sorting editing 20 pictures it would be easier if I could just run an Action when I get done to
Re: Save As with incremental filenames via Actions?
by Eric Chard 4 years ago
Necro-bump: After eight years do we have a better solution than BATCH operations RE: saving with automatic incrementation of file name. ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 2005." +
Noob: 'full-ISH' screen- max size w/o obscuring menus? (W7)
by Eric Chard 5 years ago
Is there a one-click way to get the current working document to expand to fill the interface, but NOT obscure the menu bar Currently, when I click the MAXIMIZE icon the window expands and covers up th
moving the image to the side in the work area/viewport, ala AI /+ maximized but show menus
by Eric Chard 5 years ago
For some brushes it would be MUCH easier if I could move the image within its viewport, into the blank area surrounding the image, at any zoom level. This used to be easy (maybe even the default behav
Re: moving the image to the side in the work area/viewport, ala AI /+ maximized but show menus
by Kendrick Drews 5 years ago
If you click and drag the document right below the options bar, your document should 'snap' blue and your work-space will now have a floating canvas that allows you to always see outside the document
"Mirror Gradient" busted? : same effect as "Linear Gradient"
by Eric Chard 5 years 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." +++++
Re: "Mirror Gradient" busted? : same effect as "Linear Gradient"
by Kendrick Drews 5 years ago
It could be the placement of the gradient. A Mirror gradient needs to be placed at the center of any given selection as opposed to the edge with a linear gradient. Do you have any screen grabs or spec
So basic it's not included: saving a file that just has a bunch of clips
by Eric Chard 6 years 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 6 years 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
Markers: seem clumsy to label, better workflow?
by Eric Chard 6 years 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
Simple workflow question: restricting playback to a 'work area'
by Eric Chard 6 years 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
LoopOut("cycle") on Mask Path-- fail!?!?
by Eric Chard 6 years 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 6 years 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
Prelude: 3gp doesn't accept markers // AUTO re-ingesting movie clips?
by Eric Chard 6 years 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 6 years 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 6 years 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 6 years ago
That's a beauty Dan, thank you so much! ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 2005." ++++++++++++++++
Problems w/installations that are not on C: ? (Windows7)
by Eric Chard 6 years 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 6 years 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 6 years 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 6 years 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 6 years 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
Targeting a Light at a 3D child layer // world coordinates
by Eric Chard 6 years 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 6 years 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
Install issue: Prem Pro, via Creative Cloud
by Eric Chard 6 years ago
The other day my scratch drives for PShop (and AE ) filled up and it was a HUGE pita to fix: I had to uninstall a bunch of stuff just to make enough space for PShop's dl, expansion, and re-installatio
Re: Install issue: Prem Pro, via Creative Cloud
by Tom Daigon 6 years ago
I have used this in the past when uninstalling and reinstalling CS6. Maybe it can help you. Adobe Creative Suite Cleaner Tool http: www.adobe.com support contact cscleanertool.html Tom Daigon PrP Afte
Extrude Manipulator: scale handles obscuring position handles, can't grab
by Eric Chard 7 years ago
Hi, I'm trying to use the MESH EDIT EXTRUDE function, but the Scale manipulator handles (the cubes) are overlapping the Position manipulator handles (the cones) in such a way as to prevent access to t
Re: Extrude Manipulator: scale handles obscuring position handles, can't grab
by Eric Chard 7 years ago
Thanks for that guidance. I finally went into the Preferences window and adjusted them there. Good to know about the + - keys though! ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 2005." +++
Adjusting Input params for a duplicated object?
by Eric Chard 7 years ago
It seems that if you Duplicate an object, the parameters for the Inputs are not available. I assume that is so it can act like some sort of "active clone". My question is how can one make a Duplicate
Re: Adjusting Input params for a duplicated object?
by Eric Chard 7 years ago
If I take your meaning (NOOB here): Dup Special creates a new, independent Shape, while Duplicate makes some sort of instance ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 2005." +++++++++++
Keeping viewport centered on current object (ala' LW) -- ::noob alert::
by Eric Chard 7 years ago
In MAYA, is it possible to keep individual viewports centered on the current object Even while you are moving the object Thanks! (Coming from LW: like CENTER OBJECT in LW.) ++++++++++++++++ "Putting t
Re: Keeping viewport centered on current object (ala' LW) -- ::noob alert::
by Steve Sayer 7 years ago
I don't know if there's a simple way to do this... of course you can always hit 'f' to center the current camera on the object, or 'F' to center all cameras on the object. But while moving the object
multiple viewports showing same view
by Eric Chard 7 years ago
I've got multiple viewports in MAYA 2013 showing the same view: when I change the view in one viewport, the others change too. This seems to be a fairly common problem ("maya all four views showing sa
Re: multiple viewports showing same view
by Steve Sayer 7 years ago
Hi Eric. I'm not sure this is a bug... Maya has four viewports, and each can be set to show a different panel of information, including camera views. You can and should be able to set multiple viewpor
rotating multiple objects around a common centre (pivot) point
by James Stevenson 14 years ago
I'm trying to rotate multiple objects around a point cetral to all of them (as opposed to their local centre points). I'd like to do this without permanently changing the object's pivot points. In 3DS
Re: rotating multiple objects around a common centre (pivot) point
by Eric Chard 7 years ago
BUMP: I tried grouping some objects that were already part of a group, and that didn't fly. I wanted to multi-select a portion of a group and rotate multiple objects around one pivot point (as alignme
Prelude: multiple ingests from one clip?
by Eric Chard 7 years ago
NOOB ALERT: How does one grab more than one bit from a single given clip Thanks! ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 2005." ++++++++++++++++
Re: Prelude: multiple ingests from one clip? HD storage
by Eric Chard 7 years ago
Thanks for the reply! I was hoping that, with the capabilities in Prelude to have "partial Ingestion" (ha!), that Adobe might also have included "multiple partial ingestions", but it sounds like they
H ELP file font: too small -- changeable?
by Eric Chard 7 years ago
The HELP file font in VMS is, to me, ridiculously small. Is there a way to enlarge it Thanks. ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 2005." ++++++++++++++++
Re: H ELP file font: too small -- changeable?
by Eric Chard 7 years ago
OMG, that was BRILLIANT! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! God,how my eyes have suffered!!! ::huge thumbsup!:: ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 2005." ++++++++++++++++
Altering preset text animations?
by Eric Chard 7 years ago
I figured when you used text animation presets, VMS would load keyframes into accessible motion channels. Silly me. Is it possible to alter the timing of, say "Drop Split" to something custom ++++++++
Re: Altering preset text animations?
by John Rofrano 7 years ago
Eric Chard "Is it possible to alter the timing of, say "Drop Split" to something custom "No these are fixed timings that are determined by the length of the generated media. They do not use keyframes
VMS: interpreting video footage to simulate 3:2 pulldown look
by Eric Chard 7 years ago
In VMS is it possible to interpret 30fps video footage in a fashion that will make it appear to have the 3:2 cine video look Thanks. ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 2005." ++++
Re: VMS: interpreting video footage to simulate 3:2 pulldown look
by John Rofrano 7 years ago
Eric Chard "In VMS is it possible to interpret 30fps video footage in a fashion that will make it appear to have the 3:2 cine video look "Pulldown is the process of converting 30fps to 24fps. If you
Can't drag from Trimmer window to Timeline: SVHSP
by Eric Chard 7 years ago
The dox and my memory say you should be able to drag a clip from the Trimmer to the timeline, but that doesn't seem to be working. Any likely culprit ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica'
Re: Can't drag from Trimmer window to Timeline: SVHSP
by John Rofrano 7 years ago
As John said, you need to make a selection in the trimmer before you can drag and drop to the timeline. jr www.johnrofrano.com www.vasst.com
Hiding waveform display in Trimmer?
by Eric Chard 7 years ago
I'd like to hide the audio waveform displayed in the Trimmer window. How does one do that ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 2005." ++++++++++++++++
Re: Hiding waveform display in Trimmer?
by John Rofrano 7 years ago
Eric Chard "I'd like to hide the audio waveform displayed in the Trimmer window."You can't hide the audio but depending on your trimmer mode, you can make it smaller. If Show Video Frames is enabled,
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