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Steve Bentley

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Get Spliens from PIPES
by marco nutella 8 months ago
Hi there, I'd like to know if it is possible to get splines from a complex pipes mesh wich is actually a veins and arteries system from an anatomy model. What I'd like to get is the central spline fro
Re: Get Spliens from PIPES
by Steve Bentley 8 months ago
I assume that's just geometry and not parametrics to the veins etc If that's the case then I'm afraid its all hard work. You can use the snapping tool to draw splines that stick to vertexes along the
Early computer effects - how did artists get their work onto film?
by Graham Quince 9 months ago
Just curious really. I was reading up on Optical Printers (circa 1980s) and every article seems to skip over the intermediate step of how an image on a computer was transferred to film for optical com
Re: Early computer effects - how did artists get their work onto film?
by Steve Bentley 8 months ago
The first systems used high resolution gray scale monitors with RGBW filter packs that moved in and out between the crt and the lens during the exposure to create an RGB record from the grayscale imag
How do I change the colour picker type Photoshop
by Jesse Bowen-Saunders 11 months ago
Hi there! Using Photoshop for Windows. Just looking into changing the colour picker from the adobe one to this one: I find it easier to visualize colour mixing for illustrations on this picker. If the
Re: How do I change the colour picker type Photoshop
by Steve Bentley 9 months ago
Its in the General tab of the preferences BUT it doesn't seem to work. (Pshop 2018). I can change to Microsofts picker there and that works, but choosing between the Strip and the Wheel for Adobe's do
liquify objects changing when a new layer is pasted into file
by Steve Bentley 9 months ago
I've got a dozen of layers that have been turned into smart objects and I'm using the liquefy filter on them individually. Something I've done thousands of times. I'm now adding some new layers to the
How to change action area contrast
by Rick Morton 9 months ago
When I'm using a white background, it's almost impossible to see what my frame size is. I think there's a way to adjust this, but I can't find it. Thanks.
Re: How to change action area contrast
by Steve Bentley 9 months ago
You mean the letter box or pillar box shaded areas that show your frame cut off Its in each view panel's Options Configure View tab (the top of each view panel's window) and its the Tinted Border your
This has gotta be a bug: exclusion selection for GI objects
by Steve Bentley 9 months ago
Or I'm not using it right (GI, standard render, R19) If you have some HDRI (or anything really in the luma channel) on some objects - in my case planes and disks - and you use these for lighting a sce
Re: This has gotta be a bug: exclusion selection for GI objects
by Steve Bentley 9 months ago
It worked for me initially too and then it didn't. For objects where it always worked, it still does, but often new hidden but luminous objects light up everything even with an exclusion tag. I though
How to stick texture on an alembic animation? or create UV map on it?
by Zeyu Ren 9 months ago
https: media.giphy.com media W2p2hXdtXTVDzDNGwn giphy.gif This gif shows my struggle. I made a simple cube animation in Oculus Quill, imported in Cinema 4D, and would like to stick a texture on it. Bu
Re: How to stick texture on an alembic animation? or create UV map on it?
by Steve Bentley 9 months ago
I just thought of something. Is that movement from the Alembic Or did you animate that from a single "frame" of the Alembic. If the latter you can make the object editable (C key) and then you can app
Same settings/lighting different render result from different camera angle
by Edmond Leung 9 months ago
Hello all, I was doing a pre visualization for a friend's home interior painting project. I only animated morphed the two cameras, one in viewed from the kitchen door and 2nd view from the large windo
Re: Same settings/lighting different render result from different camera angle
by Steve Bentley 9 months ago
Is one render using the other render's GI cache Turn the caching off in the render settings and see if that cleans it up - did one render take much less time than the other That's another indication t
Re-render a scene - only pieces though - any way to mask?
by Brian Murphy 9 months ago
Hey guys, I have a scene through which I've animated a camera. The scene has been fully rendered but I see some small unwanted spheres accidentally placed above the ground of the scene that show as th
Re: Re-render a scene - only pieces though - any way to mask?
by Steve Bentley 9 months ago
Not quite sure what you are after there but have you tried making the spheres (or slightly larger versions of the spheres) matte objects with a compositing tag
Plastic Bottle issue
by Phillip Popeek 9 months ago
hey guys, i'm having a problem with some dark spot on the top of a sprite bottle. I suck at modeling so this might be a simple issue. The bottle has thickness. Removing the liquid seems to help reduce
Re: Plastic Bottle issue
by Steve Bentley 9 months ago
I think you are seeing the inside of the dark cap there refracted through the bottle shoulder and liquid. You can either map a lighter texture on the inside of the cap, or put a light in there that is
Gut Bacteria
by Addie Kennamer 9 months ago
Hi! I am fairly new to Cinema 4d and am trying to create micro biome! I have posted a screenshot below of what I am trying to achieve. So far, I have hairs on a plane and have changed the hair roots,
Re: Gut Bacteria
by Steve Bentley 9 months ago
Can you post of shot of what you do have I wouldn't have chosen hair as my first choice to create this effect.
Auto-Align Text to center
by Joel Beebe 11 months ago
Hey! I'm using the "Scale Up Word" effect, but I want to keep the text aligned to the center of the comp as new words pop in. Right now I'm adjusting the Position and Anchor Point as the new word fini
Re: Auto-Align Text to center
by Steve Bentley 11 months ago
If that doesn't do it for you can you post a few stills to show what you are getting
Beam Effect alternative
by Saso Goricar 11 months ago
Hello, I'm creating a callout in AE and I'm using the Beam effect on the line to connect start point and callout. I also checked the Collapse Transformation to continuously rasterize when scaling the
Re: Beam Effect alternative
by Steve Bentley 11 months ago
Not sure what kind of call outs you need but with this new method in your quiver check out the Video Copilot saber effect - its Beam on steroids! (if by steroids you mean sizzling glowing light saber
Object not fitting in scene
by Josh Ehrenberg 11 months ago
I am having a hard time getting this fire ball image to fit into the scene. At the moment it simply looks like it is put on top and i cant figure out what i need to do to make it seem more in the scen
Re: Object not fitting in scene
by Steve Bentley 11 months ago
More importantly, light is additive, so use a Screen blend transfer function (or Add if you are in 32 bit space) to add things like this to your background. The issue with this is that light stuff beh
Smoke Curl Feedback Please (opacity 100%)
by Jonathan Reed 11 months ago
So I've been tinkering with this, been all over the internet and taken it as far as I know how to go. To me, it still doesn't feel like A PART of this world. My previous feedback was that they couldn'
Re: Smoke Curl Feedback Please (opacity 100%)
by Steve Bentley 11 months ago
Hey Richard, Its pretty subtle. If you monitor gamma is a little low it might not even show
Weird behavior of 3D Layers when using an "isometric camera"
by Casey Labatt-Simon 11 months ago
Hi! I'm pulling my hair out over this issue. I'm attempting to create an animation that uses an isometric perspective. I followed some various tutorials to set this up, and they all behave in generall
Re: Weird behavior of 3D Layers when using an "isometric camera"
by Steve Bentley 11 months ago
I've not done any isometric kind of stuff, but if I had to guess I'd say the camera is too far out and the 3d distance between layers has become too small a percentage of the camera distance for the f
I think I want my old crop tool back - do I?
by Steve Bentley 2 years ago
Used to be, back when (old habits die hard) I could choose an x and y dimension (in pixels) and a PPI in the crop tool parameters and when I said "go" it would scale whatever I had cropped down to tha
Re: I think I want my old crop tool back - do I?
by Kalleheikki Kannisto 1 year ago
A relatively simple solution is to set the pixels per inch to 1... In the tool options, that is. Kalleheikki Kannisto Senior Graphic Designer
effects/stylise/roundcorners is missing
by Steve Bentley 2 years ago
Back when, (but still in CC) we used to select a point and choose Effects Stylize RoundCorners. Now when I follow this rabbit hole I only get a Glowing Edges option (AI 2018 and 2019). I thought it mi
Re: effects/stylise/roundcorners is missing
by Steve Bentley 2 years ago
Turns out I was going to the second "stylize" selection in the drop down effects menu. Who designs two menu items with the same name in the same sub menu If you go to the first "stylize", old friends
brand discrimination
by Steve Bentley 2 years ago
Hi Team, I just left a post suggesting a number of ways to tackle a poster's problem. I suggested (but did not recommend) Wondershare as a video converter, among other things. In a post not 5 min late
Re: brand discrimination
by Tim Wilson 2 years ago
Steve Bentley "if you are going to block one brand, don't you need to block them all pending review to be fair " Hi Steve, It's not about fairness or discrimination. It's about using a semi-automated
Gradient banding
by Keith Marshall 2 years ago
In our shop we frequently encounter banding issues and wonder if there are other solutions we can use to eliminate them besides adding noise. Suggestions
Re: Gradient banding
by Steve Bentley 2 years ago
Adding noise to the final image will fool the eye into not seeing the banding. The issue can stem from a number of places: 1) it might not actually be in the file- with 8 bit monitors there are only s
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old questions showing as new
by Steve Bentley 2 years ago
Hey Guys and Gals. I just spent an hour answering questions on the C4D forum and suddenly realized that all the questions were 2 years old but showing up as new unanswered questions. I had to refresh
Re: old questions showing as new
by Ronald Lindeboom 2 years ago
Our search engine broke and we are in the midst of replacing it. It will be replaced soon. Our apologies for the situation. We are hard at work getting the old system replaced. Best regards, Ronald Li
Idan Yekutiel 2 years ago
Is rare because in other proyects it works.
Idan Yekutiel 2 years ago
I am trying optane but my background dosent show up, even having alpha channel on.
Idan Yekutiel 2 years ago
Hey, i need your help.
Spell check
by Steve Bentley 2 years ago
Hi Cow Kids, Just and FYI. I accidentally spelled doesn't as "doens't" and the spell check didn't initially flag it. Once I put it in quotes (as I tried here,) then it flags it evermore even once the
Re: Spell check
by Ronald Lindeboom 2 years ago
Spellcheck is a part of your browser and not a part of the COW itself. We have no spellcheck built-in to this site as most all browsers include it in their software. Best regards, Ronald Lindeboom CEO
How to Link Value of a Keyframe to a Slider Control without affecting values of other keyframes
by Shane Goudy 2 years ago
I'm designing a lowerthird for one of our brands. I have 3 keyframes in the X position of an object. I need to link the 3rd keyframe to a Slider Control so the final position of the object can be adju
Re: How to Link Value of a Keyframe to a Slider Control without affecting values of other keyframes
by Steve Bentley 2 years ago
Can you not put the keyframes on the slider instead and link the slider to an unkeyframed property value Then you just whip down to the 3rd keyframe and move your slider. You could also do this WITH k
yuda pramudya 2 years ago
sir, thank you for helping me. this is first time i use creativewow for asking.
sometimes i really dumb on work simple like this because under pressure.

thank you thank you thank you
Toggle variable with time
by Mike Foran 2 years ago
I'm trying to build an expression that toggles a variable at 0 or 500 at time intervals. So for 3 seconds it's 0, then for 7 seconds it's 500, repeat... The reason for doing this is to try to get Part
Re: Toggle variable with time
by Steve Bentley 2 years ago
Wouldn't it be easier to keyframe the emission value of particular Won't the particles per sec need to be tied to the speed of the emission point, so you get dotted lines with a specific period. Other
connecting layers with a real 3d line preserving dof
by Arne M√ľnch 2 years ago
hi everybody. I am trying to connect 2 layers (A,B) with a line in real 3d space, because the trick with the beam effect and the toComp expression doesn t work with depth of field. I have drawn a shap
Re: connecting layers with a real 3d line preserving dof
by Steve Bentley 2 years ago
Sorry, I meant: use the null to add extra control (or all of the control) to whichever axis controls the angle so that the plane never goes edge-on
Change Y position based on Null's rotation value
by Ian Blom 2 years ago
Hi I'm trying to move a 3D object on its Y-axis as the value of a null object's rotation changes. This is for a character rig that I'm busy with, so basically, as the null object is rotated on its X-a
Re: Change Y position based on Null's rotation value
by Steve Bentley 2 years ago
My answer falls under the topic of "when you have a hammer everything looks like a nail". I had been doing range mappers in another software package when I answered your post and totally forgot about
Control two (X-)position keyframes while keeping the (temporal) interpolation
by Gustavo Rafaelo 2 years ago
Hi, I'm a little bit new to expressions. After hours of googling trying and coding I gave up and try to get some help here. I just want to keep my simple animation with the temporal interpolation. I o
Re: Control two (X-)position keyframes while keeping the (temporal) interpolation
by Steve Bentley 2 years ago
Here are two ways. If you can give the position value a formula and have the sliders produce values to use within that formula. So lets say the position is a sin wave type shape. You could set the pos
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Posts not showing
by Steve Bentley 2 years ago
Hey Cow team, I posted from my blackberry the other day, (stop, stop, its a new one) but I don't see the post showing in the forum on my PC using chrome. I do see the post showing on my Mac using fire
Re: Posts not showing
by Ronald Lindeboom 2 years ago
Hi Steve, First, our condolences on the new Blackberry. Just kidding, enjoy it. They are good devices and they help the Canadian economy, so there's two reasons to like them. On the matter of the post
Photoshop cannot import images on Windows
by Jasson Smith 3 years ago
I am having trouble in importing images. Every time I try to import images, Photoshop crashes. I am currently seeking help from Adobe Photoshop Customer Support. If anyone has any working solution ple
Re: Photoshop cannot import images on Windows
by Steve Bentley 2 years ago
Do you have the new update from last week We're seeing this crashing thing a lot. If so go back to the current version but one point upgrade before.
How do I compress a Photoshop PDF?
by Nicholas Campbell 2 years ago
I downloaded a resume template for photoshop and put it all together. I looks quite nice, very modern and attention-grabbing. I've noticed that a lot of job boards and websites have a file size limit
Re: How do I compress a Photoshop PDF?
by Steve Bentley 2 years ago
You can also apply compression to the image (like jpg) in the pdf prefs dialogue that opens after you click save. The default is none so the image is far heavier in mb than it needs to be (usually).
Feathered edges not completely opaque
by Corey Pike 3 years ago
Greetings, sorry, but I could not find a solution via search. I am trying to feather the edges of an image that is part of a photoshop file. When I make my selection, choose the feather amount and I s
Re: Feathered edges not completely opaque
by Steve Bentley 2 years ago
You have to contract the size of the mask before you feather it. Or if its too late to do that you could use a levels filter to crush the blacks of the layer mask and then blur it back up. You may hav
Don Jenkins 2 years ago
Hello there! I'm the guy who asked if it was possible to have a random effector have controllable random transparency whilst having controllable multishader - I believe one of the methods you proposed as to making cloners appear/dissappear randomly was to use something within Xpresso? Think you can help me out with that?
Don Jenkins 2 years ago
Lets just say I like how my cloners look with random visibility with the color shader mixed with the random effector and I like how it looks with random textures mixed with the random effector as well [more]
5600x1050 H264 Problems
by Brandon Adams 9 years ago
Reading the subject title, I'm sure you're saying "duh". I'm working on a video for a special presentation room. It is essentially the width of 5 screen captures, which is what the video consists of.
Re: 5600x1050 H264 Problems
by Steve Bentley 2 years ago
I've run into something similar too. I've got an Animation Best file that is 6760x1080 (3x HD wide) that compresses to H264 just fine as long as the source is somewhere around 20gb and in the range of
Duplcate post
by Steve Bentley 3 years ago
Hi Guys, I seem to talking to you a lot these days, I've a got a post to the Trapcode forum in for moderation probably due to duplicate posting. I had a loss of internet issue in the middle of me hitt
Re: Duplcate post
by Steve Bentley 2 years ago
Hi Ron, The user who hit inappropriate apologized - I guess the "reply" and "inappropriate" buttons were just a little too close together. He just hit the wrong one. I scratched my had for a while try
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search is broken?
by Steve Bentley 2 years ago
Hey guys, The search doesn't seem to be working fully. After posting a suggestion for a user I realized I had posted the exact same language in another post and used the search feature to find it (in
Re: search is broken?
by Ronald Lindeboom 2 years ago
Hi Steve, We recently moved the COW over to Amazon Web Services as our backbone and have been doing some debugging of some systems that tweaked in the move. The search engine sometimes is a bit wonky
missing posts
by Steve Bentley 3 years ago
Hi Guys, Some of my posts to help out other users are not showing up. If its a blocking issue due some censorship needs I'd like to know about it so I don't do it again. There have been a few of late
Re: missing posts
by Steve Bentley 3 years ago
I think what happened: it was one of those forums that feeds another forum (AE expression techiques that also shows up in AE general) I did find my post today in one of the forums but not in the one I
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How to reach this brush result?
by Michele Serio 3 years ago
Hello folks, it's going to be my first post so I hope to do something it's interesting for everyone as well! Basically, I have to reproduce the same brush look inside a pattern from a fabric in a way
Re: How to reach this brush result?
by Steve Bentley 3 years ago
Not really sure what you are after - can you post some examples or images - that might help.
photoshop files and premiere pro
by kerry baldry 3 years ago
photoshop file black when in premiere pro. When I go into premiere pro cc into New: New photoshop file a file with the same settings (whatever settings i have chosen) is automatically made in photosho
Re: photoshop files and premiere pro
by Steve Bentley 3 years ago
Sorry to here that. Is it perhaps a layered file and premiere is only grabbing the base layer and that is either black or has nothing in it Is it in a color space that premiere can't do or isn't set u
Replacing footage by reconnecting, but old name.
by Steve Bentley 15 years ago
We do a lot of revisions, where the footage is updated, versioned and then replaced in the time line using reconnect. As long as the length of the clip has not changed this works great, but the name i
Re: Replacing footage by reconnecting, but old name.
by Steve Bentley 15 years ago
But it does not accept the new name of the "reconnected file. And if you choose "use clip name" in the media manager, it substitutes the old file (the name that appears in the time line) and not the n
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