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Nitai Lev-Oren
how to crop psd inside after effects?
on Apr 11, 2019 at 12:46:12 pm

I have a psd and I want to crop it to the region of interest like you do with a comp, but the option is grayed off
someone know how to crop the element from the psd without masking it?


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Max Haller
Re: how to crop psd inside after effects?
on Apr 11, 2019 at 2:58:58 pm

Is this PSD in a comp already? If so Im not sure why the RoI is greyed out for you.

If you don't want to mask it, an alpha matte would give you the same result or you can crop the psd in photoshop and it'll update in AE when you save.


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Nitai Lev-Oren
Re: how to crop psd inside after effects?
on Apr 11, 2019 at 3:13:10 pm

it's one of the layers of the psd but it's not in a comp.
I can't crop it in photoshop because the composition in photosop is in like 1080X1920
and there is more elements to the composition so I can't seperate them,
so I can go to photoshop and crop this specific element and import in again to after
but I thought that there is more easy and fast way to do it inside after effects.
I guess there isn't...


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Dave LaRonde
Re: how to crop psd inside after effects?
on Apr 11, 2019 at 5:00:19 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Apr 11, 2019 at 5:02:44 pm

  • Don't touch the region of interest.
  • Duplicate the comp in question in the project window, rename it and open it.
  • Use the Trim Comp to Region of Interest command on this comp.

Done. You can now use this comp as a layer in other comps, and you can again mess with the region of interest as you wish.

Remember, you said nothing about changing your mind about tweaking the original region of interest.

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


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Nitai Lev-Oren
Re: how to crop psd inside after effects?
on Apr 11, 2019 at 8:30:40 pm

but is still in a comp I want the crop the object without a comp can I do that?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: how to crop psd inside after effects?
on Apr 11, 2019 at 11:29:22 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Apr 12, 2019 at 1:02:16 am

No. If you want to use the PSD as a layer in a comp, you must use a mask on it.
But a comp comp nested inside another comp behaves like any other layer.

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


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