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Michael Szalapski

I've had nearly two decades 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 i... [more]
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Aliasing in highly scaled corner pinned image
by Jerry Guiser 2 weeks ago
I'm tracking a photo frame that zooms from very far away (small) to very close (large) and replacing the photo in the frame with another image using corner pin data from Mocha. But when the image is v
Re: Aliasing in highly scaled corner pinned image
by Michael Szalapski 2 weeks ago
What effect are you using Try CC Power Pin instead of AE's native corner pinning. - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble ') No trees were harmed in the cr
Footage getting color dimmed
by Athar Aijaz 2 weeks ago
I have a M4V format file, i just need to change its audio, so i imported that file in AE CS6 and change its audio, when i am rendering it using H.264, there is some color difference in the rendered vi
Re: Footage getting color dimmed
by Michael Szalapski 2 weeks ago
Also, for simply replacing audio, I'd highly suggest using Premiere Pro instead of AE. It's much better-suited for basic tasks like that. Or, if you want to get crazy, use ffmpeg to just swap out the
Showing a river change course... via "unzipping"?
by Ted Deltufo 3 weeks ago
So I'm trying to show a river's path changing over time. - The width of the river is not even, so it can't just be a stroke on a path - The water "flows" from top to bottom, widening or narrowing as i
Re: Showing a river change course... via "unzipping"?
by Michael Szalapski 2 weeks ago
Here's a fun idea. Use text! Seriously, it'll work. Use text on a path and use a bunch of circles really close together. Use a text animator to change the fill color from white to black. That way, you
Audio React - adding speed or slowing while running with a constant speed?
by Dan North 2 weeks ago
Hello fellow AE'ers. Happy New Year. I'm doing a CC Kaleida animation that is running with a constant speed. I have an audio file where I want to manipulate the animation while it's running. I have se
Re: Audio React - adding speed or slowing while running with a constant speed?
by Michael Szalapski 2 weeks ago
You can do time-remapping on a precomp without having to render something. However, you can also use that same technique, but instead of applying it to time remapping, apply it to mess with any of a n
How to prerender in AE CC 2018.
by Ren Oomimi 3 weeks ago
I am completely new to After Effects. I have decided to switch from Sony Vegas Pro 14 to After Effects CC 2018, and I just want to know; how on earth do you prerender your project. How can I see my pr
Re: How to prerender in AE CC 2018.
by Michael Szalapski 2 weeks ago
As you may have gathered from what these others have said, After Effects is not a non-linear editor. "Switching" from Vegas to AE is a bit odd since they both do different things. Premiere Pro is much
How was this glitch effect made?
by Joshua Howard 1 month ago
Hi all: Was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how the Glitch effects in the attached image video link was created. I'm thinking it was some sort or Displacement map. Any Ideas Video link with speci
Re: How was this glitch effect made?
by Michael Szalapski 4 weeks ago
I agree with Max. This looks very, very similar to the Video Copilot tutorial. - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble ') No trees were harmed in the creat
How to Keep Shadow That Falls on Green Screen
by Kevin Camin 1 month ago
I will have talent on a green screen with a shadow being cast on the green ground. I have Keylight and Primatte. Is there a way to retain that shadow information and use it as a shadow in the final co
Re: How to Keep Shadow That Falls on Green Screen
by Michael Szalapski 4 weeks ago
Keylight will often keep things like shadows intact. If nothing else, you can do a different key from the shadow itself. Remember, a good key is often made up of several layers (one for the hair might
After Effects Sound Issue
by sam debey 1 month ago
Hello! I've noticed at times in AE that some sound files will cancel out others. In this particular case I have some characters talking in my timeline and when I hit RAM preview, I hear them loud and
Re: After Effects Sound Issue
by Michael Szalapski 4 weeks ago
I've not had that happen before. I agree with others that audio should be a rough thing to build from in AE and you should do your real audio work in Premiere or Audition, but what you're saying is ha
After Effects Puppet tool Grayed out
by Ciji James 1 month ago
Have created some puppets for some layers in AE 2019. I have used both , position and rotation puppets and have added some wiggle expressions to the rotational ones. They were working perfectly and fo
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Re: After Effects Puppet tool Grayed out
by Michael Szalapski 4 weeks ago
iboukhoulef fouad "1) I remove morphsuit with keylight. 2) Place clean plate underneath layer with the morphsuit removed. In a perfect world I would love to be able to accomplish this look with a cam
After Effects 2015 (13.8.1) files compatible with 2018 (15.1)?
by Yoshiko Tanaka 5 months ago
Hello! I have a very newbie question. I have been using After Effects 2015 (ver.13.8.1) and I am about to upgrade to the latest 2018 (ver.15.1). I am in the middle of a project and I want to make sure
Re: After Effects 2015 (13.8.1) files compatible with 2018 (15.1)?
by Walter Soyka 5 months ago
Unlike Dave, my studio actually uses Ae CC 2018, so I can speak to it from experience. I'd consider it a big step up over Ae CC 2015. One big caveat, though: the latest version drops support for legac
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Extrude creates a block, ignoring the empty areas within a spline
by Joey Heaton 5 months ago
Hello and apologies first off because this is probably a very newbish question (I only recently started learning Cinema 4D in fact). I created a path in Photoshop, exported the paths to an .ai file, a
Re: Extrude creates a block, ignoring the empty areas within a spline
by Michael Szalapski 5 months ago
How did you merge them in Illustrator Wait, are you sure both splines are closed Regardless, you can split them apart in C4D and then use a Spline Mask to make it do what you want or just run the Conn
Cinema 4D R20 was announced today!
by Michael Szalapski 6 months ago
Here's a lovely playlist from MAXON's Cineversity showing off some of the new features: https: www.youtube.com watch v=6RcQ8D97uyw&list=PLM7GzYMPS4OtdHCWMxLg3I9-_ucfgUp_u Fields are an amazingly power
Lumetri Scopes: Clamp Signal - 8 Bit?!
by Filip Stillerska 6 months ago
By default, the Lumetri Scopes in Ae have the "Clamp Signal"-checkbox checked and the drop-down menu set to "8 Bit" see attached screenshot . I can uncheck the "Clamp Signal"-checkbox, but I can also
Re: Lumetri Scopes: Clamp Signal - 8 Bit?!
by Walter Soyka 6 months ago
These settings control how the scopes show information to you. Don't try to match them to specific project settings, but rather use the settings you need for the task at hand. "Float" displays data ba
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Text not displaying correctly / camera DOF between renderer options
by Moog Gravett 12 months ago
Hi folks, Got a bit of an issue that I've not encountered before. I'm placing layers of text in 3d space, nothing unusual there, but using the classic renderer, the font loses all detail. Classic 3D r
Re: Text not displaying correctly / camera DOF between renderer options
by Moog Gravett 12 months ago
Mostly that, but also that I can't even just drag it open and have to move the whole window somewhere else...sheesh! I'll add a bug report right now. Thanks again for the help.
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Cinema 4D Release 19 Announced!
by Michael Szalapski 1 year 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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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Michael Szalapski liked this 2 years ago
3rd Monitor Preview suddenly not working!
by Phil Lister 2 years 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 2 years 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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Michael Szalapski liked this 2 years ago
Continue interpolation of linear expression beyond its paramaters
by Harry Hoag 3 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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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Michael Szalapski liked this 2 years ago
AE resolution
by Stig Olsen 2 years 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 2 years 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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Michael Szalapski liked this 2 years ago
After Effects Machine: upgrading my 2010 Mac Pro
by Tom Smith 2 years 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 2 years 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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Michael Szalapski liked this 2 years ago
Hue/Saturation Instant Black and White
by Nico Bleuer 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago
Oh I actually solved it now instantly. Air Motion Path does what I want. Sorry!
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Michael Szalapski liked this 2 years ago
Prevent Overlapping
by Dada Kräuter 2 years 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 2 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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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Michael Szalapski liked this 3 years ago
Change a color throughout a project?
by Jerry Smith 3 years 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 3 years 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 4 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 3 years 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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Automatically align view to nearest orthogonal view?
by John Willard 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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
After Effects Crashing when applying Video Copilot Element 3D
by Jyotinder Singh 5 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 5 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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,
Can this be done with expressions?
by Carl Endres 8 years ago
Hi, I've done very little in expressions besides pickwhipping, and I'm not sure if this can be even done using expressions, but it would sure make life a lot easier if it can. I'll try and give a deta
Re: Can this be done with expressions?
by Michael Szalapski 8 years ago
There's probably a way to offset it with expressions, but figuring out how to make it work and troubleshooting issues with it will probably take longer than doing it manually. Besides, doing it manual
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