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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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Final Comp letterbox sub-comps full screen
by John Schwally 1 week ago
I'm working from a template and brought in my 1920x1080p footage to the project. In the sub-comps the footage looks fine (fills the screen), but in the final comp they feed into they appear cropped in
Re: Final Comp letterbox sub-comps full screen
by Michael Szalapski 1 week ago
It's probably an effect applied somewhere in a precomp. Templates are notoriously complicated; you're going to have to dig through the compositions in the project to find it. The easiest path is proba
Grid pixelates after rendered
by Søren Wind 1 week ago
I have a problem with After Effects where the video always pixelates at a certain point. It doesn't happen when I preview it in the program. I always choose High Bitrate settings when rendering. Unfor
Re: Grid pixelates after rendered
by Michael Szalapski 1 week ago
If you are using AE's render queue, what are your render settings and output module settings If you are sending your render to AME, what are your settings there - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands
Rotating arrows around octagon shape
by Colin Wood 4 months ago
Hi guys, First post here, but I had a little problem that come up and the was the first place I thought of. I'm racking my brain as to the best way of achieving this animation. Essentially, I need th
Re: Rotating arrows around octagon shape
by Michael Szalapski 3 weeks ago
You can render it with alpha out of Cinema 4D. You can make the material have no color, no reflectance (or no specular, if you're using an older version of C4D), and just put whatever color(s) you wan
After Effect slower than expected
by Julien Ferré 4 weeks ago
Hi everyone, I got a little problem with After Effect at my work. I run After on a decent rig: i7-6700k, GeForce GTX 1070 (not very relevant but still), 16Gb RAM but I'm kinda disapointed by the overa
Re: After Effect slower than expected
by Michael Szalapski 4 weeks ago
30 GB is not a lot for your cache, but it's unlikely to be the cause of your problems. The Tint effect is now GPU-accelerated. I wonder if something was going awry there. Try turning your project to u
Remove moving debris from a shot?
by Krista Trostle 4 weeks ago
There are tons of tutorials of how to remove dust from your lens, or add debris and particles to your shot. However, I have a shot with a bunch of wood chips flying out of a wood chipper and I need to
Re: Remove moving debris from a shot?
by Michael Szalapski 4 weeks ago
It kinda depends on how the shot looks. Is the camera moving What are you trying to do, exactly - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble ') No trees were ha
File: Using linear to drive position
by Michael Szalapski 4 weeks ago
aep file For this thread here: https: forums.adobe.com message 9491390 https: f1.creativecow.net 11319 using-linear-to-drive-position
Set Matte doesn't work
by Will Eccleston 4 years ago
The Set Matte effect seems very straightforward. Direct a layer or layers to use the alpha of another layer, so you can use the latter as a track matte for as many layers as you want without precompin
Re: Set Matte doesn't work
by Michael Szalapski 4 weeks ago
Don't forget to file feature requests to get Set Matte fixed. As the team turns their focus towards improving AE now that the bugs of CC 2015 are (mostly) squashed, this would be a good time to fix it
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DOF not working
by Jon Simpson 1 month ago
I have used DOF dozens of times with no issues but I am banging my head against the wall, totally unable to get any results. I have attached a very simple project file so maybe someone can identify so
Re: DOF not working
by Michael Szalapski 1 month ago
Glad to help! That's a handy feature unless it gets turned on by accident ;) - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble ') No trees were harmed in the creatio
After Effects CC 2017 Issue with Adobe Media Encoder CC 2017
by Bob Kane 2 months ago
After effects works fine, but whenever I go to composition Add to Adobe Media Encoder Queue, my application freezes temporarily, my mouse turns into the spinning beach ball for a little bit, and then
Re: After Effects CC 2017 Issue with Adobe Media Encoder CC 2017
by Michael Szalapski 1 month ago
Try the updates that came out this week. - 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 thous
New release of AE CC 2017 (version 14.2) with some big new features and many bug fixes
by Michael Szalapski 1 month ago
See this blog post from Adobe for a summary of the new features. See this forum post for a list of some of the bigger bug fixes and some other miscellaneous changes. I know it's not mentioned with muc
Re: New release of AE CC 2017 (version 14.2) with some big new features and many bug fixes
by Philip Neves 1 month ago
Scopes ! This is the best of all the days.
Silhouette Questions
by James Roth 2 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 2 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 4 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 4 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 1 year 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 4 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months ago
AE resolution
by stig olsen 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months ago
After Effects Machine: upgrading my 2010 Mac Pro
by Tom Smith 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months ago
Hue/Saturation Instant Black and White
by Nico Bleuer 7 months 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 7 months 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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Michael Szalapski liked this 7 months ago
How do I get this look? (Tinting, Shading)
by James Roth 8 months 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 8 months ago
Ambient occlusion and lighting with flat textures. -Karl Ricker
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Michael Szalapski liked this 8 months ago
Blurring out A LOT of trademarks in a TV programme - your tips&tricks?
by Marcin Staszewski 9 months 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 9 months 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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Michael Szalapski liked this 9 months ago
particular emit and align particle to a circle
by Sarah Schela 9 months 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 9 months ago
Oh I actually solved it now instantly. Air Motion Path does what I want. Sorry!
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Michael Szalapski liked this 9 months ago
Prevent Overlapping
by Dada Kräuter 10 months 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 10 months 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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Michael Szalapski liked this 10 months ago
Red Giant Primatte Keyer and AE CC 2015
by Phil Lister 10 months 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 10 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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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Michael Szalapski liked this 11 months ago
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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Sam Padula liked this 9 months ago
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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Michael Szalapski liked this 1 year ago
Mimicking real world dimensions and camera (realistic dimensions, meters vs pixels)
by Michal Poniedzielski 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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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Michael Szalapski liked this 1 year ago
Changing the font on multiple text layers quickly
by Nathan Karamanski 5 years ago
Hello everyone, Is there an easier way to change the font used in multiple layers of text without going layer by layer I have about 10 comps, each with animated layers of text that need their font cha
Re: Changing the font on multiple text layers quickly
by Brian Kessler 1 year ago
Maybe they ve implemented this feature since this post was created, but in CC 2015 you can change text attributes for multiple layers by selecting all layers with the Selection Tool (v), then switchin
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Michael Szalapski liked this 1 year ago
how to create beer foam in after effects
by Himanshu Sood 1 year ago
i want to create similar effects in side of After effects, link is following https: play.google.com store apps details id=com.hottrix.ibeerfree&hl=en i will really appreciate if you guys help
Re: how to create beer foam in after effects
by Dave LaRonde 1 year ago
Shoot beer. You'll get absolute realism, and you get to drink your props when you're done. Dave LaRonde Promotion Producer KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA
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DJI Phantom, Element3D, Chromakey, Camera Tracking
by Bill Connolly 1 year ago
I have been really curious how the camera tracking in AE would do with aerial footage (DJI Phantom 3) .. Tried an experiment using grass as my green screen, camera tracking the footage, and bringing i
Re: DJI Phantom, Element3D, Chromakey, Camera Tracking
by Bill Connolly 1 year ago
I have no idea what your issue is Dave .. This was an experiment with my kids to see what I could pull off with some basic tools.
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Adding 2D rings to a 3D car
by Nate Boston 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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
Selecting Pixels to Extrude.
by Aliff Amir 1 year ago
So basically, I've ran into this problem where selecting pixels cannot be done. I am trying to extrude parts of my character, and I've done the following - Polygon Mode - Live Selection. When I try to
Re: Selecting Pixels to Extrude.
by Michael Szalapski 1 year ago
What do you mean by "pixels" Can you share some screenshots so we can see what you're talking about a bit more clearly Sharing the project file wouldn't hurt either. - The Great Szalam (The 'Great' st
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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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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