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Re: using a photo as a swatch
on Nov 15, 2007 at 6:58:00 pm

Hey ladorn45,
The answer to your question is yes, "you can control where the mapping happens". It's a fairly easy process once you know how the mapping occurs (Invigorator objecst have a little box in the palettes view window [you know the dialog box that shows the edges you have applied and the swatches on an object] . The box shows the starting point of the wrap around. If you're using the pro version and are using the cylinder you won't see the edges dialog as mentioned.

Either way here's the process.
Create a comp (called Comp B from here on out) the size of the comp that the spray can is in.
Next, place the label (can image) into this Comp B and add this comp to the original comp.
Use Comp B as the layer map for your spray can.
Now you can size the label to fit the can.
(Tim's suggestion:
Move the anchor point on the label graphic to the left bottom-most corner. Position the bottom of the label in Comp B where you want it to fall in the original comp [if you're using AE7 or CS3 you can open another view window lock the first view to the original comp and the second to Comp B. This will give you constant updates as you move the label around the screen in Comp B]
Once you have the bottom corner in position you can scale the label in Comp B to fit as you visualize it. [That's y we moved the anchor point on the label so it'll scale relative to that positon]
Hope this helps,

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