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Matt Comradski
Shapes/objects with Layer Effects not working in Z space
on Jul 28, 2011 at 5:46:25 pm

Greetings,

Here's the situation... I have six boxes in a formation. They're all flattened (using psd as source), not AE native Shapes, or anything fancy. At various times, I need to animate a stroke around it. The simulated effect is a roll over state, with various buttons becoming 'active' with the stroke effect fading in.

Here's the problem... When I animate the first box up (either on Z space or scale up), the stroke is accurately overlaps the second box. When I animate the second box, the stroke on its left seems to be behind the first box, but is fine over the third. The same thing happens down the line. Essentially, AE can't seem to know which box is in front of the other, only in whatever top-to-bottom order in the comp.

Thoughts on how to fix this? Much appreciated,

M


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Shapes/objects with Layer Effects not working in Z space
on Jul 28, 2011 at 7:37:14 pm

If I remember well, Layer Styles on a AE 3d layer tends to mess up the 3d space.
http://help.adobe.com/en_US/AfterEffects/9.0/WSADC9D73F-A33F-4093-AB5E-2B35...

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Todd Kopriva
Re: Shapes/objects with Layer Effects not working in Z space
on Jul 28, 2011 at 8:33:02 pm

Tudor is right about layer styles breaking 3D intersections. Here's a page with details about the render order:
"3D layer interactions, render order, and collapsed transformations"

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Matt Comradski
Re: Shapes/objects with Layer Effects not working in Z space
on Jul 28, 2011 at 9:14:53 pm

Ah great, thanks for the links.


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