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Michael Szalapski

I've had over a decade of heavy duty experience with Adobe's products, especially Photoshop and After Effects. I started out as a print designer in Photoshop and transitioned over the years to motion graphic design. The evolution has continued into 3... [more]
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AE adds noise to sound file
by Lance Hitchings 4 weeks ago
My original sound file is fine, but when imported into AE, it's very noisy. There's an added raspy hum. What gives BTW, I'm a AE newbie, just using it to create video blog.
Re: AE adds noise to sound file
by Michael Szalapski 4 weeks ago
I was going to ask about the specs of your audio file, but then I got to thinking, why are you using AE for a video blog After Effects is for creating shots or animated graphics; AE is not intended fo
Combining AE 3D Camera Blur (z depth) & Camera Lens Blur Effect (depth map)
by Matt Johnston 4 weeks ago
Hi there, I hope this question makes sense... I am looking for suggestions or anyone with experience in combining the AE 3D Camera Blur (Z depth Multiple 3D layers) & Camera Lens Blur Effect (with a G
Re: Combining AE 3D Camera Blur (z depth) & Camera Lens Blur Effect (depth map)
by Michael Szalapski 4 weeks ago
You could probably do something with expressions and linear() to get it to kind of work... - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble ') No trees were harmed
Replace green area on the rotating 2D scene
by Anton Frolov 4 weeks ago
Greetings, dear ladies and lords of Creative Cow community. I need to mask out the text on the 1st picture. This scene is rendered in 3DMax. Since I might later need to add other objects near the text
Re: Replace green area on the rotating 2D scene
by Michael Szalapski 4 weeks ago
You will need to do some rotoscoping, yes. Or, you can ask whoever is doing the 3ds Max work to make you some object buffer passes. This would make things much easier. - The Great Szalam (The 'Great '
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Processor for After Effects
by David Winki 4 weeks ago
Hi, I would like to buy a new processor. Up to 1,000 Dollars. Which processor is best for After Effects CC and for future After Effects I would like some processor that supports more than 64GB ram Tha
Re: Processor for After Effects
by Michael Szalapski 4 weeks ago
Go for the fastest core clock speed you can afford for sure. There are some things that use multiple cores to render (the Cinema 4D renderer, the Camera Shake Deblur effect, etc.), but in general, as
Animating a Plush Toy
by Miguel Zamora 4 weeks ago
I'm not sure if I'm posting in the correct forum, but I figured AE would have a hand in this. I have an idea that involves creating a miniature set, and using a plush toy heart with a person's eyes an
Re: Animating a Plush Toy
by Michael Szalapski 4 weeks ago
You should look into Character Animator. It is a program you can install as part of your CC subscription (assuming you have an all apps subscription) and it is super-fun to use! - The Great Szalam (Th
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CC Vector Blur Path
by Lorenzo Farò 2 months ago
Hi there! What I need to do is set the vector blur map that recreates this effect https: imgur.com a 7wVPo or these : https: imgur.com a pXeUT https: imgur.com a 3iZhL https: imgur.com a sgV5E https:
Re: CC Vector Blur Path
by Michael Szalapski 2 months ago
Does it have to use CC Vector Blur The examples you're showing all look like Radial Blur (or similar). - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble ') No trees
New machine going forward options
by sam alessandri 2 months ago
Hi all. New here. I have the option to buy some new machines for the future. I have always been a mac person but the operators want PC's. I have put these machines together and would like a crit on th
Re: New machine going forward options
by Michael Szalapski 2 months ago
Option 3 if you could give it one or two more SSDs. I've heard of some heat issues with the i9 chips though, so make sure you're springing for better cooling. - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands f
Two lines with the same slope
by Meghan Rodgers 2 months ago
Hello Creative Cow! I am trying to make an animation where two lines of the same size and speed come out of the middle of the bottom of the animation, move in a V shape towards opposite top corners, a
Re: Two lines with the same slope
by Michael Szalapski 2 months ago
You could just duplicate the layer and flip the horizontal scale. :) - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble ') No trees were harmed in the creation of thi
AE for upres and deinterlace?
by Robert Withers 2 months ago
I'm not so interested in using AE for all the marvelous graphic effects, but have seen comments on using it for uprez and deinterlace for SD video to HD. As a process perhaps superior to Premiere dein
Re: AE for upres and deinterlace?
by Michael Szalapski 2 months ago
For upscaling in AE, I would suggest the Detail Preserving Upscale effect: https: helpx.adobe.com after-effects using detail-preserving-upscale-effect.html But I would also test upscaling in Premiere
How to do "wiggle" effect or "vibrating" effect on text?
by Esther Casas 2 months ago
Hello eveyone! I am trying to replicate an effect I saw online and can't find the exact one in AE. I like th etext to have teh efefct of being "cooked", like you will see here. I could not download th
Re: How to do "wiggle" effect or "vibrating" effect on text?
by Michael Szalapski 2 months ago
Glad to help! :) - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble ') No trees were harmed in the creation of this message, but several thousand electrons were mildl
Cinema 4D Release 19 Announced!
by Michael Szalapski 4 months ago
Well, ladies and gentlemen, SIGGRAPH is here and with it comes the announcement of the next version of Cinema 4D! The official announcement page is here link . You can watch a playlist of videos regar
Replacing the Spaceman's visor
by Matīss Pērkons 1 year ago
Hi, I've been thinking about shooting a short film which involves spaceman. Making the suit is one challenge, but getting right the reflection from the visor glass, through which he should look, is an
Re: Replacing the Spaceman's visor
by SPACE MAN 4 months ago
SPACEMAN'S visor cannot be replaced. kind regards to all. It has been a long time. SPACEMAN SPACEMAN needs spaceship parts, not expressions...
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Dropdownlist issue at AE cc 2017
by Meng Zhang 5 months ago
Hey guys! I'm facing the same problem here: https: forums.adobe.com thread 2319187 So basically when the dropdown list content overflows the screen size, it got weird behavior. Do you guys think there
Re: Dropdownlist issue at AE cc 2017
by Meng Zhang 4 months ago
Just in case someone may need it. I found a work around by changing the long drop down list to cascading drop down list and somehow it fixed the issue.
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Removing Duplicated Media from Project (By Script maybe??)
by ido shor 5 months ago
Hey Fellow Wizards, I am looking for a way to reduce the amount of media from the project window by removing all the duplicates. this usually occurs when I import a project in to a project (let's say
Re: Removing Duplicated Media from Project (By Script maybe??)
by Walter Soyka 5 months ago
ido shor "Is there a way you know, in which I can tell AE to search for such duplicates, relink to one source and remove it " No script is necessary, as this exact feature is built in to After Effect
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AE Future insights from you Professional Cows
by Jon Merrifield 6 months ago
Thank you for taking the time to ponder... What do you think about the future development of AE Is multi-core processing rendering gone for good Perhaps making this product function well to the lowest
Re: AE Future insights from you Professional Cows
by Walter Soyka 6 months ago
Adobe is still in-progress on their Ae re-architecture efforts. I don't think that we are seeing a focus on the "lowest common denominator." Instead, I think we are seeing Ae stripped down and rebuilt
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Silhouette Questions
by James Roth 7 months ago
Hi everyone, I'm working with silhouette footage, created through a) shooting a model against green screen and then b) taking the chroma-keyed model, crushing the colors down to pure black, then tinti
Re: Silhouette Questions
by Dave LaRonde 7 months ago
I think you need to solve your AE issues with Keylight, and do the whole thing in AE. This isn't the first instance of Keylight crashing AE CC 2017 -- which I presume you're using. A quick search on A
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3rd Monitor Preview suddenly not working!
by Phil Lister 9 months ago
I have a PC that uses three monitors. Two are Acer PC monitors and the 3rd is a Samsung 32" 720p TV that is used for preview from Adobe Premiere and After Effects. All of a sudden, the preview for AE
Re: 3rd Monitor Preview suddenly not working!
by Phil Lister 9 months ago
OK, dopy me! lol The very edge of the AE interface screen was just barely touching the 3rd monitor. Once I moved that away...BINGO! lol I feel so stupid! Phil Lister
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Continue interpolation of linear expression beyond its paramaters
by Harry Hoag 2 years ago
Hiya, I'm using the linear interpolation expression. At the moment the interpolation is clamped when you get to the entered value range, I was wondering if there was a way to make the calculation cont
Re: Continue interpolation of linear expression beyond its paramaters
by Michael Szalapski 10 months ago
Thanks! This was really useful. - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble ') No trees were harmed in the creation of this message, but several thousand elect
Automatically create keyframes in between 2 linear keyframes
by Kevin Tosi 1 year ago
In the image attached, I have 2 keyframes set for linear motion. Is there a way to automatically create keyframes every 2 frames in between those. I like the look of using holds rather than fluid moti
Re: Automatically create keyframes in between 2 linear keyframes
by Walter Soyka 1 year ago
How about an expression Alt+click the stopwatch for the property and paste the following code: posterizeTime(15); value This will return the value from the keyframes for the property, 15 times every s
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AE resolution
by stig olsen 1 year ago
Hi, When opening AE on my new PC (with high resolution) the font sizes and windows are super small. How can I correct this When lowering the resolution on the PC everything else on the PC is too big s
Re: AE resolution
by Walter Soyka 1 year ago
Ae CC 2014.1 was the first release to offer high-DPI support. Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting @keenlive
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After Effects Machine: upgrading my 2010 Mac Pro
by Tom Smith 1 year ago
Hello Guys, I've bought in 2011 a Mac Pro (2X6 core 2,66ghz Xeon), which I've upgraded over the time (3.0 USB, SSD's, Nvidia 680 GTX). I'm reading on different forums that clock speed may be more impo
Re: After Effects Machine: upgrading my 2010 Mac Pro
by Greg C Neumayer 1 year ago
If you have a mid-2010 Mac Pro, I think you'd be better off upgrading that. On the advice of a group of other guys doing the same thing, we all bought mid-2010s, 2x3.06 (or similar), 96GB ram, and the
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Hue/Saturation Instant Black and White
by Nico Bleuer 1 year ago
Hey I need help with Hue Saturation I want that a pic becomes Black and white instant. with Keyframes so it's a song and when the singer sings I want it to be colored Instant and when he doesn't sing
Re: Hue/Saturation Instant Black and White
by Roei Tzoref 1 year ago
If that's all you are doing, you should consider doing this in premiere. It will be more efficient. Roei Tzoref After Effects Artist & Instructor Ae Blues Tutorials
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How do I get this look? (Tinting, Shading)
by James Roth 1 year ago
This look should in theory be fairly easy to replicate; I can import 3D buildings and leave them untextured, but how do I go about achieving this look This is as far as I have gotten with a 3D model
Re: How do I get this look? (Tinting, Shading)
by Karl Ricker 1 year ago
Ambient occlusion and lighting with flat textures. -Karl Ricker
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Blurring out A LOT of trademarks in a TV programme - your tips&tricks?
by Marcin Staszewski 1 year ago
Hi! I was recently manouvered into blurring out all logos and trademarks in a 22 min long tv show. I hate doing that, because even tough nowadays it's much easier (masks tracking, even in premiere pro
Re: Blurring out A LOT of trademarks in a TV programme - your tips&tricks?
by Walter Soyka 1 year ago
And when it doesn't take time, you end up with this: Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting @keenlive twitter &
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particular emit and align particle to a circle
by Sarah Schela 1 year ago
Hi everyone, I need your support again. I am working with Trapcode Particular because I would like to emit particles from the Emitter and have a circle motion path. Sounds easy when working with Light
Re: particular emit and align particle to a circle
by Sarah Schela 1 year ago
Oh I actually solved it now instantly. Air Motion Path does what I want. Sorry!
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Prevent Overlapping
by Dada Kräuter 1 year ago
Hello, :) Is there any way to disable overlapping for specific layers I have two 3D layers which have same Z axis and one half of first comp overlaps second comp. I want to make like that, as the atta
Re: Prevent Overlapping
by Kalleheikki Kannisto 1 year ago
I guess you could cheat it by rotating the layers ever so slightly around the y-axis in opposite directions so that there is a (undetectable) fold between the layers. Kalleheikki Kannisto Senior Graph
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Red Giant Primatte Keyer and AE CC 2015
by Phil Lister 1 year ago
I keep getting an error message when applying the Primatte Keyer plug-in. I have read that the plug-ins aren't ready yet for CC 2015, yet according to the Red Giant site, they are supposed to be compa
Re: Red Giant Primatte Keyer and AE CC 2015
by Walter Soyka 1 year ago
Dave LaRonde "And if you do indeed find that the latest update is an entirely new version, would you be so kind as to pass that information along " Ae CC 2015.3 (version 13.8) is an "entirely new ver
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Change a color throughout a project?
by Jerry Smith 1 year ago
If a project uses a specific color for a solid or text and you want to change it, is there some script that you can use to do it everywhere If you use some color #FB17F8, I'd think it would be pretty
Re: Change a color throughout a project?
by Walter Soyka 1 year ago
Check this out: http: aescripts.com ray-dynamic-color Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting @keenlive twitter
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CC 2015 Previews Not Real Time
by Simon Roughan 2 years ago
Hi everyone. After installing CC 2015, my previews are no longer in real time. Even as low as 4-5 frames per second. I have a Z820 workstation with 64 gig ram , and an nvidia quadro 6000 plus a tesla
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Re: CC 2015 Previews Not Real Time
by Jared Young 1 year ago
Michael, thanks for your reply. Looks like I hadn't even checked to see if there was an update. I was on 13.6.x and after updating to 13.7.2.3 it's working as it should be without having a window bene
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Mimicking real world dimensions and camera (realistic dimensions, meters vs pixels)
by Michal Poniedzielski 2 years ago
Hi, I want to build a realistically measured 3D space in AE and use "real" camera settings to "film" it. And I hope someone here will help me understand the way AE is measuring space. Let's say I have
Re: Mimicking real world dimensions and camera (realistic dimensions, meters vs pixels)
by Walter Soyka 2 years ago
In Ae's camera math, a pixel is 1 72 of an inch. Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting @keenlive twitter  
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Automatically align view to nearest orthogonal view?
by John Willard 2 years ago
Almost every CAD program has a function where you press a button and the current view is automatically adjusted to the nearest orthogonal view. I use this command just about more than any other and it
Re: Automatically align view to nearest orthogonal view?
by Michael Szalapski 2 years ago
That does sound quite handy once you've described it. I'd venture to say that'd be a nice feature request to make to MAXON. - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremel
Ugly low-poly with ambient occlusion
by Michael Tritsmans 2 years ago
Hello Im very new to C4D, and probably have a newbie question: I'm currently testing the clay cartoon style render with some basic models. A first test can be seen here: test.jpg The tree in front, wi
Re: Ugly low-poly with ambient occlusion
by Michael Szalapski 2 years ago
You really need to fix your polys. They can't be twisted like that. - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble ') No trees were harmed in the creation of this
Render to texture
by Edvin Martinsson 2 years ago
Hi! I have a led-screen installation in real life with content shown on it via a d3 machine. The d3 uses a uvw map of the led installation to show content on the right faces. In cinema I have a 3d mod
Re: Render to texture
by Michael Szalapski 2 years ago
Do you mean like "bake texture" - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble ') No trees were harmed in the creation of this message, but several thousand elect
Need to know about Realistic look ?
by Arun Prasad 2 years ago
Hey guys., I'm working in c4d to create an mythical bridge kind of look. But i've set up the models a bit but am confused what would it make to look more realistic. Can someone help me identify what c
Re: Need to know about Realistic look ?
by Michael Szalapski 2 years ago
Also, there's no hint that the water is wet. Both the bridge and the rock should have wet marks where the water has touched if it's all wavy like that. The repetition of the texture on the rock walls
I’m looking to make a spinning glass brain with light impulses on the surface
by Kevin Kulesa 2 years ago
I m looking to make a spinning glass brain with light impulses on the surface. This light impulse representing brain activity and only need to be rendered slightly below the surface of the brain. My i
Re: I’m looking to make a spinning glass brain with light impulses on the surface
by Michael Szalapski 2 years ago
You could do something similar using a cloner and the tracer object. - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble ') No trees were harmed in the creation of thi
Building Lights that act like an Audio Spectrum
by Chris Campbell 2 years ago
Hi everyone, For this music video I am making, I'm trying to get the lights on the front of a building to turn on and off in a similar manner to how an audio spectrum would rise and fall. The way I fi
Re: Building Lights that act like an Audio Spectrum
by Kalleheikki Kannisto 2 years ago
In my view you should be able to use the audio spectrum effect to generate the bars. You just need some way to control the threshold so that it lights up full windows, not partial windows. Mosaic and
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Best practices when working on videos that often require small tweaks after client feedback?
by Casey Labatt-Simon 2 years ago
I'm fairly experienced working on small personal projects on after effects, but I recently undertook my first professional project, making a 30sec long animation for the company that I work at. It was
Re: Best practices when working on videos that often require small tweaks after client feedback?
by Walter Soyka 2 years ago
Change management is one of the hardest parts about successfully delivering a project like this. It's helpful to try to plan ahead, identifying which elements are most likely to change, and working to
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Adding 2D rings to a 3D car
by Nate Boston 2 years ago
Hi all, I'm trying to add some radiating rings coming out of an animated car while it's moving. Here is an example what I'm talking about - https: www.youtube.com watch v=YxmLkqVrg4c I have my scene s
Re: Adding 2D rings to a 3D car
by Michael Szalapski 2 years ago
It just depends on how you like to work. Changing things in AE is much faster than changing things in C4D when it comes to rendering time! - The Great Szalam (The 'Great' stands for 'Not So Great, in
Grayscale transition in Cinema 4D Animation
by Sabrina Yanezgioa 2 years ago
Hello, I have been looking for a solution to this problem, but cant seem to find the right question to ask. I am doing an animation where the lights are turning off slowly. I have a dark gray backgrou
Re: Grayscale transition in Cinema 4D Animation
by Michael Szalapski 2 years ago
I can't see your example image due to restrictions on the network where I work (you could upload them to the COW, which I can see). However, from your description it sounds like something called "band
After Effects Crashing when applying Video Copilot Element 3D
by Jyotinder Singh 3 years ago
So i just updated to Adobe After Effects CC 2014 and whenever I apply the element effect AE simply crashes ! ! I am running Win7 with E3D V1.6.2. Everything had worked nicely with the older versions s
Re: After Effects Crashing when applying Video Copilot Element 3D
by Michael Szalapski 3 years ago
Update released that fixes the bug: https: www.videocopilot.net products element update - The Great Szalam (The 'Great' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble') No trees were harmed in th
expressions advice: multiple layers wiggling position separately random but adjustable by one "controller" layer
by jeremy webb 6 years ago
Hello, I have a comp that has a lot of layers that I want to wiggle in x and z position. I want them all move to a different position each frame but not as a group. I also want to be able to adjust ap
Re: expressions advice: multiple layers wiggling position separately random but adjustable by one "controller" layer
by Michael Szalapski 6 years ago
I'm not an expressions guru, but until one chimes in, you should be able to use the layer's index as a random seed for the wiggle. (Although, I thought it would do that anyway. Are you sure you don't
Expression: fall apart
by Rafael Cruz 7 years ago
Hi there, I am using after effects to build a prison out of cigarettes. At the end of the video the prison "bars" simply fall apart and I was hoping someone could suggest an expression that would get
Re: Expression: fall apart
by Michael Szalapski 7 years ago
If you're looking for a realistic physics simulation you would be best served doing it in a 3d app. Cinema 4d would be able to create the prison and destroy it really, really easily. I can't think of
reference specific frame
by Alex Harding 7 years ago
Hi, How can I reference a variable at a specific frame, rather than the current frame In Nuke it would be: result=variable(frameNumber) which would look at the variable at the frame number in parenthe
Re: reference specific frame
by Michael Szalapski 7 years ago
I think the AE equivalent would be valueAtTime. This page covers it and this example uses it. - The Great Szalam (The 'Great' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble') No trees were harmed
KeyFraming expressions?
by Jordan Armitage 7 years ago
I have a line that is currently being warped by audio just using a basic expression on the wave warp effects height. The expression being... "thisComp.layer("width").effect("Both Channels")("Slider")*
Re: KeyFraming expressions?
by Michael Szalapski 7 years ago
Put a slider on your layer (Effect Expression Controls Slider) and put + pickwhip to your slider in your expression. Then keyframe the slider from 0 to 5 - The Great Szalam (The 'Great' stands for 'No
Increase the Numbers
by sanjeev ramanathan 7 years ago
I have numbers like 6,356.7523 and i want to start from 0 (with key set, so i can adjust the key based on the animation) and it should end with this (6,356.7523). If i apply 'Character Offset' iam get
Re: Increase the Numbers
by Michael Szalapski 7 years ago
Have you tried the Numbers effect - The Great Szalam (The 'Great' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble') No trees were harmed in the creation of this message, but several thousand elect
expression to link a mask vertex to a null object position
by Steve Renard 7 years ago
Hi all, I am trying to find a way to link a mask vertex to a null object's position. I found CR Green's script to do this, but I'd like to find a way to do it "live", so that I don't have to re-run th
Re: expression to link a mask vertex to a null object position
by Michael Szalapski 7 years ago
The way to move a feature request up the priority list is to have more people request it. Here's the page to do so. - The Great Szalam (The 'Great' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble'
A pop up book calculation
by john ord 7 years ago
Hi all i was was wondering if anyone has come across these expressions before. Basically its a kids pop up book but i want to automate all of the layers within the page (the popups) based upon the pag
Re: A pop up book calculation
by Michael Szalapski 7 years ago
An expression as you described would work by just pickwhipping the the orientation of the layers to the rotation of the page and dividing by 2 - The Great Szalam (The 'Great' stands for 'Not So Great,
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