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Eric Chard

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Choke and invert a silhouette layer?
by Eric Chard 2 weeks ago
Working towards a solution to a situation.... I'd like to use a layer as a silhouette layer, but with this proviso: I'd like to choke the alpha of the silhouette, so it's slightly smaller, and then In
Re: Choke and invert a silhouette layer?
by Richard Herd 1 week ago
John Cuevas "I'd choke the layer & precomp it. Place a solid below that chocked layer and set it's track matte to "Alpha Inverted". Then in the final comp use the precomp as the silhouette layer." Al
Contrasting outline against moving backdrop (B&W)
by Eric Chard 2 weeks ago
I've got a simple, cartoony animation that is black and white. It starts on a flat white background, then moves to a black background, thru a short gradient. Trouble is, the character is simply black
Re: Contrasting outline against moving backdrop (B&W)
by Richard Herd 1 week ago
Eric Chard "blending mode" Is my suggestion. And there is always rotoscoping!
"Can't be found" dialog will not dismiss // infinite loop situation
by Eric Chard 3 weeks ago
Working on a project, moved a file w AE open. AE throws up the "can't be found" warning, but PERSISTS in throwing up the warning despite repeated attempts to dismiss dialog. ("Yes, I get it, fine, let
Re: "Can't be found" dialog will not dismiss // infinite loop situation
by Eric Chard 3 weeks ago
It's not like I'm opening the project, it's already open and running. I moved a file. And while one might say "oh yeah: don't do that" (jk), it's still IMO a bug, because users shouldn't be required t
Copying Layers WITH markers ?
by Eric Chard 3 weeks ago
Just selected a(n audio) layer, CTRL+C, select another comp, CTRL+V, layer pasted but the markers are gone. This is very annoying, since the markers are keys to what's on the audio layer. Surely there
Pilot error
by Eric Chard 3 weeks ago
My bad: somehow I inadvertently set the comp length to ONE frame (or possibly imported something that way) and of course one frame was not enough to display my layer markers. Sooooo out of practice...
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Audio previewing a WAV 'footage' file?
by Eric Chard 4 weeks ago
Huh, thought this would be straightforward: Opened a WAV file in it's own Footage window, hit PLAY. Nuthin'. Timeline cursor didn't move and (obviously) no audio. Very surprised. Not supported (!!) or
Re: Audio previewing a WAV 'footage' file?
by Eric Chard 4 weeks ago
Well, THAT'S good news. I hope it includes timeline cursor movement in the Footage Window, and instant display of Markers. (Realized as I was typing that footage doesn't have Markers (tmk only Layers
Replacing PSD layers en masse? / Adding groups of new layers?
by Eric Chard 4 weeks ago
Let's say you've incremented a PSD that has also already been imported into a big AE project as a layered comp. Is there a way to get AE to replace ALL the layers that were in the previous increment w
Re: Replacing PSD layers en masse? / Adding groups of new layers?
by Richard Herd 4 weeks ago
Eric Chard "Is there a way to get AE to replace ALL the layers that were in the previous increment with the new, incremented PSD" I'm not following you there. Why isn't AE changing the layers as you
Cell animation in AE? / version control, asset management
by Eric Chard 4 weeks ago
I'm trying to do some old-school style cartooning in AE, but may be approaching it wrong. For instance, I have a simple mechanical character, which I'd prefer to leave alone in its own precomp, so tha
Re: Cell animation in AE? / version control, asset management
by Joseph W. Bourke 4 weeks ago
I think you might be better served doing it in Photoshop as a video. It has onion-skinning capabilities, so you can actually see what you're working on, and rather than working on separate comps for e
Layer marker dialog box: >>keyboard<< exit from?
by Eric Chard 4 weeks ago
When using the Layer Marker dialog box to add a label to a layer marker, once you start typing there doesn't seem to be a way to exit the dialog box via the keyboard. I LOATHE< taking my hands from
Re: Layer marker dialog box: >>keyboard<< exit from?
by Eric Chard 4 weeks ago
Never mind: found it! (Probably, "again".) It's NUMPAD ENTER. I thought I'd tried that, but apparently not. I'm just thankful a way exists! ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 2005
Audio processing for effect: "PA" or "intercom" effect
by Eric Chard 4 weeks ago
Processing some audio inside AE: what I'm trying for is a "NASA"-style voice over, the kinda thing where the flight controller says "We have ignition". What audio effects would work together to accomp
Re: Audio processing for effect: "PA" or "intercom" effect
by Stephen Smith 4 weeks ago
Take a look at this tutorial and probably add some more echo: https: www.youtube.com watch v=rFnx6HWbTaw Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Noob: 'full-ISH' screen- max size w/o obscuring menus? (W7)
by Eric Chard 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 1 year 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 4 months 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
Bridge: make subwords automatically add keyword 'path'???
by Eric Chard 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 2 years 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 2 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
C4DL: Bevel
by Eric Chard 2 years 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 2 years ago
http: www.kuroyumes-developmentzone.com cinema-4d free-plugins look for Advanced Atom Array on that page
Simple workflow question: restricting playback to a 'work area'
by Eric Chard 2 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
C4DL: bonus features??: Fracture Object, Plain Effector, Random Effector
by Eric Chard 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago
Looks good, thanks! ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 2005." ++++++++++++++++
Content Browser: bits and pieces, or subsets of scenes?
by Eric Chard 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago
Is the Symmetry Object available in C4DLite tnx ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 2005." ++++++++++++++++
Re: C4DLite: Symmetry objects?
by Eric Chard 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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
Vectorize Text Layer with faux bold effect?
by Eric Chard 2 years 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
Bridge: doesn't respond to mouse wheel
by Eric Chard 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 years 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 2 years ago
zip file an AE7 version http: f1.creativecow.net 6229 ae7-version-of-anchor-point-exercise
File: Anchor expression
by Eric Chard 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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
Lightroom not appearing as an option, now that I want to use it (Windows)
by Eric Chard 2 years 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


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