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Transparent through 2 or more Layers
by Marcel Scholz 4 days ago
How i make a Text transparent through 2 Layers or more without a precomposition.
Re: Transparent through 2 or more Layers
by Darby Edelen 4 days ago
Not sure if i understand the usage but you might try the silhouette alpha blend mode. Darby Edelen
Rotation / Beam Problem in a Solar System Animation
by Florian Liedtke 2 weeks ago
Hello everybody! Long time visitor here, now I have a question I cannot find the answer to. I might not know the correct search terms, mind you. So if this topic, which I searched for, does already ex
Re: Rotation / Beam Problem in a Solar System Animation
by Darby Edelen 4 days ago
I haven't looked at your file but this sounds like you'd benefit from using layer space transforms, perhaps the toWorld() or toComp() methods. No math required! :) Darby Edelen
expression toWorld not changing
by Andy Engelkemier 6 days ago
I'm trying to create an expression that keeps a light always pointed to a location, and has only it's X position changing to point to a null object which is parented to another layer. That's a mouthfu
Re: expression toWorld not changing
by Darby Edelen 4 days ago
That's not the proper form for toWorld(). Here it is fixed: l = thisComp.layer("SuckSpot"); GetX = l.toWorld(l.anchorPoint); This stores the layer object in a variable called "l". The toWorld() is a m
Maintain image quality when re-sizing an image down
by Chris Edward 6 days ago
Hi guys - I'm new to the Forum but see there's smart advice coming through and wanted to get involved with the community. I have a question that I am hoping some clever minds can help me with. I have
Re: Maintain image quality when re-sizing an image down
by Darby Edelen 4 days ago
You might try switching the layer to bicubic sampling as detailed here: https: helpx.adobe.com after-effects using layers.html#layer_image_quality_and_subpixel_positioning Alternatively, you can apply
Speed variation in a 2d roller coaster
by Chris Gallego 2 months ago
I'm having troubles to manage and understand how to do to get acceleration and deceleration with a shape following a path using the speed graph. I understand what a curve means when it's going up or d
Re: Speed variation in a 2d roller coaster
by Darby Edelen 2 months ago
Have you looked into using the speed graph at all Darby Edelen
Alpha needs to be solid and not look like RGB.
by Justin Mettam 4 months ago
I am trying to create a sphere by blurring a circular mask then using the same mask to cut out the blur. This works well in RGB but the Alpha looks the same as the rgb. How can I make the alpha a soli
Re: Alpha needs to be solid and not look like RGB.
by Darby Edelen 3 months ago
Justin Mettam "Is there a way to make a normal map (in AE) out of a photo or a grey shaded graphic I" You can kind of get close by using Emboss, Shift Channels and the Add blend mode. Unfortunately A
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Linear Workspace - Pantone Colors & hexidecimals
by Glenn Tak 12 months ago
I have been trying to mix some C4D files that utilized Linear Workspace with an After Effect file that requires specific Pantone colors. When I go into the Linear workspace in AE, any use of a Pantone
Re: Linear Workspace - Pantone Colors & hexidecimals
by Darby Edelen 4 months ago
Glenn Tak "One of the more annoying features of Linear Space is that my color libraries don't really work. If I use the color picker from a library swatch I created in Adobe Color, I get a much more
Colorama alternative in 32bit Linear working space?
by Greg C Neumayer 2 years ago
I've long been a fan of Colorama for color grading and creating the "look" I'm interested in for my footage. But in 32b Linear color mode, the Colorama effect is difficult to work with my footage (all
Re: Colorama alternative in 32bit Linear working space?
by Darby Edelen 4 months ago
Colorama is a 16bpc effect so it shouldn't be too problematic to use it in a 32bpc linear project. If you want the Colorama effect to treat the source footage as it would in a non-linear project then
Sr. Motion Graphics Designer
by Darby Edelen 9 months ago
NVIDIA is looking to hire a Sr. Motion Graphics Designer at their Santa Clara, CA headquarters. Details are at this link, but you'll need to load the page twice to see the job description (so that the
Let's discuss how the hell this video works
by Adam Farron 9 months ago
Ok. I love this video, it gives me a birdman vibe, just the cinematography is brilliant. Now, me being a rookie at filming, and I would love to learn editing techniques such as thing, how on earth doe
Re: Let's discuss how the hell this video works
by Darby Edelen 9 months ago
Which video are we talking about Darby Edelen
GI Indoor Scene Problem
by Flo Fency 10 months ago
Hello folks, I've just begun setting up a very basic indoor scene and did a little testrender with the following settings: R16 physical Renderer GI on - IC + Lightmaps on Mid My Scene is lit by either
Re: GI Indoor Scene Problem
by Darby Edelen 10 months ago
You can also use the Compositing Tag to force QMC sampling on only certain surfaces. Darby Edelen
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File: 3D Stencil Alpha
by Darby Edelen 1 year ago
aep file Use a 3D layer with the stencil alpha blend mode. https: f1.creativecow.net 9143 3d-stencil-alpha
Very basic problem importing tiff images with alpha
by Martin Pedraza 2 years ago
So, i need to touch up some stop motion footage, and for that purpose, I made a first chroma keying pass in AE, and then exported a tiff sequence, for me to finish up in PS. Now, whenever I import the
Re: Very basic problem importing tiff images with alpha
by Darby Edelen 1 year ago
If you would prefer to use tiff for another reason then you could create a Photoshop action that creates a selection from the alpha channel and then masks unlocked layer. Alternatively you can render
Changing DPI question
by Zvi Twersky 2 years ago
So I've read a lot about DPI and resolution so I'll dive right into the question that's bothering me. (I'm rounding numbers so it's easier to understand.) Since DPI is just the amount of dots printed
Re: Changing DPI question
by Darby Edelen 1 year ago
I'm not quite sure I understand. If you make an 80x30cm document at 200dpi then of course the resolution is different than an 80x30cm 300dpi document. Just because we're talking about dpi doesn't mean
Service: Mostly Good
by Darby Edelen 2 years ago
Sunnyvale California, United States Post Production   Color Correction   VFX Mostly Good Digital Compositing     Color Correction and Grading     Visual Effects Extremely
File: Red Gradient Straight TIFF
by Darby Edelen 2 years ago
tif file A file for exploring the difference between gamma and linear working spaces when alpha blending. https: f1.creativecow.net 8810 8810
Change color of clipping mask area in viewport in R15?
by Ben Fallin 2 years ago
I want to change the color within my viewport of the clipping mask to something much more noticeable than the dark grey it is now. I have film format on so I can see action title safe but that doesn't
Re: Change color of clipping mask area in viewport in R15?
by Darby Edelen 2 years ago
You can also use the Shift-V shortcut in an editor view to access the view configuration settings. Darby Edelen
Reproduce fresnel falloff curve as in 3Dmax
by Jeffrey Levenstone 2 years ago
Hello Eeveryone, I was watching this tutorial http: bit.ly XzLen2 and at 6:39 he uses a technique for creating a fresnel curve with a Falloff curve. Where can I find such a curve in Cinema 15 to do th
Re: Reproduce fresnel falloff curve as in 3Dmax
by Darby Edelen 2 years ago
Jeffrey Levenstone "Are you talking from the point of view of the VrayAnvanced shader (Vray4C4D 1.9) " No. Are you asking from the point of view of the Vray Advanced shader :) That's important to inc
Selecting polygons.
by Javier Lopez 2 years ago
Good afternoon gentleman, Can anyone please provide some advise on how to selecto the inside polygons of the following bottle inside Cinema 4D, I had attempted to use: Select, loop selection, edge mod
Re: Selecting polygons.
by Darby Edelen 2 years ago
There are extra polygons that are not properly connected at the bottom of your bottle. I selected the internal ones and Collapsed them, then selected the external ones and Collapsed them. Here's a fix
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File: Bottle Geometry Fix
by Darby Edelen 2 years ago
c4d file Removed incorrect geometry at bottom of bottle. https: f1.creativecow.net 7888 bottle-geometry-fix
Lighting Interiors
by Jared Benson 2 years ago
Kind of a newb here and I have a very detailed model that I am working on. I am trying to make a cross section of it, using near clipping on the camera but none of my light sources will illuminate the
Re: Lighting Interiors
by Darby Edelen 2 years ago
Clipping planes on the camera do not actually remove geometry before the shading stage of rendering. You have to modify the geometry either through a boolean operation or by cutting and removing geome
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External Compositing Tag Solid Issues in After Effects CC 2014
by Brad Magnus 2 years ago
I'm working on a pretty simple animation to show off my clients new iPhone app. The problem I'm having is 2 fold, first when I use Cineware, the screen plane that I have an external compositing tag on
Re: External Compositing Tag Solid Issues in After Effects CC 2014
by Darby Edelen 2 years ago
If you render the screen black then making the screen appear behind the reflective glass isn't too tough in composite. The aptly named 'Screen' blend mode does a great job. Pretty much the only time I
File: HDR Adjustment
by Darby Edelen 2 years ago
zip file Using an HDR footage item to adjust its own highlights. https: f1.creativecow.net 7650 hdr-adjustment
Is there a way to keep a block of text always vertically centred?
by Darryl Torke 2 years ago
I am making a template for a basic AE user in which the user inputs some text. The paragraph setting of the block of text is set to 'center', so that handles itself. However, I was wondering if there
Re: Is there a way to keep a block of text always vertically centred?
by Darby Edelen 2 years ago
Here's an animation preset that will center text vertically. 7634_centertextvertically.ffx.zip The preset applies two sliders to the text layer. The first one needs to match the line height of the tex
File: Center Text Vertically
by Darby Edelen 2 years ago
ffx file An animation preset to center text vertically. https: f1.creativecow.net 7634 center-text-vertically
File: Cinema 4D Matrix Transformations
by Darby Edelen 3 years ago
c4d file Using matrix transformations to transfer relative motion between a moving object and a moving camera to a new moving camera with a stationary object. https: f1.creativecow.net 7580 cinema-4d-
File: White Balance for Indoor Scene
by Darby Edelen 3 years ago
zip file Simple white balance approach for an indoor scene. https: f1.creativecow.net 7577 white-balance-for-indoor-scene
need to change the layer from an expression by changing the slider number
by constanti dinu 3 years ago
hey, i found myself in a bit of a problem here. i have a map with countries, each country is a layer on the map. now, for example: -i've got the opacity of Russia layer linked to the opacity of a laye
Re: need to change the layer from an expression by changing the slider number
by Darby Edelen 3 years ago
constanti dinu "The number to change = thisComp.layer("got a slider here").effect("slider"); thisComp.layer("position" + the number to change).transform.opacity" Have you tried using something like t
Making a pie chart with expressions
by Joshua Menco 3 years ago
Hi everyone, I'm in need of some assistance finetuning the controls for a pie chart. So here's the deal: I made a pie chart in AE using circular shapes of different colors. I animate them on with a ra
Re: Making a pie chart with expressions
by Darby Edelen 3 years ago
I think "trashed" was supposed to be "reaches" auto correct was punishing me for posting from my phone. Darby Edelen
After Effects random position as a loop
by Ian DUrward 3 years ago
I am trying to animate a line that moves randomly in the Y direction. This is easy enough but the problem is that I need the start and end frame to be the same so that the result is a constant loop. T
Re: After Effects random position as a loop
by Darby Edelen 3 years ago
This adjusts the last endVal to be the same as the first startVal. Changes to your original code are bold red. segDur = .5; loop = thisComp.duration; x = 1; n = loop segDur; if(time loop - segDur) x =
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controlling keyframes
by Shahed Naderi 3 years ago
hello I have a bunch of keyframes that drives an animation , I need to control the begging of it. tell it when to begins in seconds by using an slider control. anyone can help with that expression
Re: controlling keyframes
by Darby Edelen 3 years ago
Time remapping is the easiest way to do something like that. In that case an expression would be optional depending on how you want it set up. Darby Edelen
Keying with math expressions?
by Mike Watts 3 years ago
I just learned a bunch of great keying techniques in nuke, and one of them involved using expressions to create an alpha channel. Example would be having the alpha= r*1.5 g*.8 I can't seem to find a w
Re: Keying with math expressions?
by Darby Edelen 3 years ago
I'm assuming you're using the Expression node in Nuke to do that. That's an entirely different beast than AE expressions and is used for a different purpose. However, the example you posted can be don
File: Modifying Vertex Map with Effector
by Darby Edelen 3 years ago
c4d file An Xpresso setup that passes a Mograph Effector's strength into a Vertex Map. https: f1.creativecow.net 7152 modifying-vertex-map-with-effector
File: Screen Reflections
by Darby Edelen 3 years ago
zip file Convincing reflections on a flat surface in AE. https: f1.creativecow.net 7080 screen-reflections
Alpha Pre multiplied and Matted with Color in photoshop
by Ashton Rosendahl 3 years ago
Hi Everyone! I ran in to this problem recently and cannot seem to find any solutions on the internet. In After effects if you right click on an image from your project tab, go to interpret footage, an
Re: Alpha Pre multiplied and Matted with Color in photoshop
by Darby Edelen 3 years ago
There are a couple of options that may work for you. One is to apply the alpha as transparency to a layer and use the Layer Matting Remove Black Matte function. Unfortunately this doesn't work when us
File: Unpremult/Premult Compositing in AE
by Darby Edelen 3 years ago
zip file This matches a Nuke composite that uses Unpremult on the render passes before merging and a Premult after merging. https: f1.creativecow.net 6978 unpremultpremult-compositing-in-ae
Counting from 0-150 in 151 frames ?
by Louis Ferrante 3 years ago
OK I am trying to do degrees in increments of 1 for a weather app on android and I am having trouble with the expression seen below! 4 Is not the right count duration and I cant seem to figure out the
Re: Counting from 0-150 in 151 frames ?
by Dan Ebberts 3 years ago
How about this: Math.min(timeToFrames(time),150) Dan
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Thin white outlines around objects after "New Layer via Cut" - why???
by Eddie Adams 3 years ago
I'm selecting a part of the image using the magnetic lasso tool, then going "New layer via cut" -- and it results in a a thin white line where my selection was. Why don't the two layers merge seemless
Re: Thin white outlines around objects after "New Layer via Cut" - why???
by Darby Edelen 3 years ago
This happens because the selection is anti-aliased and alpha blending between the semi-transparent pixels (like those that result from anti-aliasing) does not resolve to a fully opaque pixel. In After
Export separate video channels R, G, B, etc
by Jim Arco 3 years ago
I have been working with some video in Photoshop CS5.5 and I'd like to be able to export save one channel of the video file. So, for instance, I'd like video (or image sequence) of just the red channe
Re: ALLLRIGHT !!! was Re: Export separate video channels R, G, B, etc
by Darby Edelen 3 years ago
Interesting. Well if you'd like any help finding alternate methods to achieve a similar result feel free to post back. I'd like to see the miraculous still frame before after :) Darby Edelen
Video: Duct Animation
by Darby Edelen 4 years ago
Duct Animation watch support
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