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Dan Dennis
Change color of title safe area overlay
on Mar 30, 2017 at 6:32:15 pm

This has been bugging me for a while. I cannot find anywhere in Adobe After Effects CC (2017 Version) that allows me to change the color of the safe title/action overlay. As it stands, the overlay is pretty faint and when I'm working on a laptop it becomes very difficult to see. Has anyone else experienced this, and if so, is there a way to make that overlay stand out better? The grid and guide preferences don't address it. Hope someone has some insight. Thanks.


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Walter Soyka
Re: Change color of title safe area overlay
on Mar 30, 2017 at 6:49:08 pm

The best I can suggest is to draw the guide overlay the way you'd like (Ae/Ps/whatever), then place it in your comp as a locked shy guide layer.

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Roei Tzoref
Re: Change color of title safe area overlay
on Mar 30, 2017 at 6:55:45 pm

no way to change to overlay safe region, but you can place guides instead to help you better see it if you want. you can change the guide color in the preferences. you can also create a safe area of your own using shape layers and save it as a preset and use it as a guide layer so it won't render.

Roei Tzoref
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Dan Dennis
Re: Change color of title safe area overlay
on Mar 30, 2017 at 7:02:29 pm

Those are helpful workarounds. Thanks!


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Change color of title safe area overlay
on Mar 30, 2017 at 10:07:28 pm

I'd custom-make one. Shouldn't take long. Just make it the topmost layer. AND -- here's the important part -- I'd ALWAYS make it a Guide Layer. Guide layers don't render or export.

Dave LaRonde
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