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Wessel van Wegen
Ray-traced 3D rendering layer effects question
on Feb 14, 2016 at 4:11:24 pm

Hey all!

I have a short question after just using the ray-traced render option for the first time in Adobe After effects.
When I create a text layer, end try to apply some effects to it like for example, a ramp, fill or a drop shadow, it won't show up. Is there anything that I'm doing wrong and need to know about when using the ray-traced rendering?

The only reason that I'm using the ray-traced rendering option is so that I can use the "environment layer" option.

Thanks a lot in advance!

Best regards,

Wessel van Wegen


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Dave LaRonde
Re: ay-traced 3D rendering layer effects question
on Feb 14, 2016 at 6:22:40 pm

We don't know your version of AE, but have you investigated using C4D Lite?

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


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Wessel van Wegen
Re: ay-traced 3D rendering layer effects question
on Feb 14, 2016 at 11:21:13 pm

Thanks for the comment!

Sorry for not letting you guys know.. I'm using After Effects CS6.

To be honest, I did not think about using C4D Lite for this project because I was hoping there would be a solution for this issue.. But if there's not, I will definitely check it out!

To give you guys some more information.. The thing is that the text layer just shows itself as the way it's set in the character window. When I apply some effects, nothing happens. The text just stays the same.

Thanks a lot!

Best regards,

Wessel van Wegen


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Walter Soyka
Re: ay-traced 3D rendering layer effects question
on Feb 15, 2016 at 12:27:58 pm

The ray-tracing renderer does not render masks or effects on continuously-rasterized layers, including text or shape layers.

You could either precompose the text, or use the CC Environment effect in a Classic 3D comp.

Walter Soyka
Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live [link]
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
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Wessel van Wegen
Re: ay-traced 3D rendering layer effects question
on Feb 15, 2016 at 7:20:18 pm

Thank you so much for your Help! This solved my problem!I only needed the Environment map so CC environment worked just perfectly fine!

Thanks again, you helped me out!

Best regards,
Wessel van Wegen


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