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Tom Lee
Reducing scale of photoshop files causes pixelation?
on Nov 27, 2011 at 11:04:47 pm

Hi Guys.

I have been working on some book covers sent to me from cover designers. When I use the photoshop files in after effects in a comp the same resolution as the original psd document i have no problem. but If i want to make a comp significantly smaller and reduce the size of psd layers such as text or simple graphics. The layers become extemely pixelated and are unusable. I would expect this when trying to enlarge a layer beyond its intended resolution but not when reducing it.

Any ideas? when in photoshop you can reduce a layer to any size and it still remains the same quality, but in after effects it goes very pixelated for me.

Thanks in advance

Tom


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Erik Waluska
Re: Reducing scale of photoshop files causes pixelation?
on Nov 28, 2011 at 12:24:47 am

No, you should not have pixelation when reducing the scale. Check that your comp preview window size (magnification ratio) is set to 100% and your quality to full. Also, be sure that the layers themselves have their quality switches (diagonal line icon) set to full.


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Chris Wright
Re: Reducing scale of photoshop files causes pixelation?
on Nov 28, 2011 at 10:50:55 am

collapse transformation/continuously rasterize switch(looks like a sun) should keep vectors crisp. Now if they're not vectors, well then its up to a good bicubic resize plugin.


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Erik Waluska
Re: Reducing scale of photoshop files causes pixelation?
on Nov 28, 2011 at 3:53:19 pm

He is working with PSD files, not vector, so the layers will come in as raster, which is fine for scaling down without a plug-in. FYI - You can convert those layers to live text layers in AE if you wanted to scale them up or change the text. Layer>convert to editable text


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