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Albert Roman
Keeping blending modes when making a pre comp in AE
on Feb 12, 2016 at 8:48:27 pm

I have several layer which I want o Pre-Compose, one of those layers has a blend mode "multiply". When I make my pre comp, that blend mode disappears.

So my question is, how can I keep that blend mode as is, even after making a pre comp?

I'm working with vector objects.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Keeping blending modes when making a pre comp in AE
on Feb 13, 2016 at 12:19:26 am

Blend modes affect only the layers below them in the timeline. When you precomp layers, only the layers in that precomp will be affected by the blend mode of an upper layer.

And it's a good thing, too. If the blend modes of layers in nested comps could affect layers in other comps, visual chaos would reign.

Well, you may not think so, but I for one am glad it's that way. You'll just have to figure out another way to do what you want to do.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Walter Soyka
Re: Keeping blending modes when making a pre comp in AE
on Feb 13, 2016 at 12:20:07 am

You have to collapse transformations [link].

Basically, collapsing transformations renders everything inside the precomp as if it were actually in the main comp. Note that alters the way masks, layer styles, and effects are applied to the precomp layer.

Walter Soyka
Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live [link]
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
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Dave LaRonde
Re: Keeping blending modes when making a pre comp in AE
on Feb 13, 2016 at 12:26:06 am

Ugh. Visual chaos can indeed reign, I guess. Collapse Transformations is weirder than I ever thought.

It sounds like a feature to be used very carefully.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Walter Soyka
Re: Keeping blending modes when making a pre comp in AE
on Feb 13, 2016 at 12:28:47 am

With great power comes great responsibility.

Walter Soyka
Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live [link]
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
@keenlive [twitter]   |   RenderBreak [blog]   |   Profile [LinkedIn]


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