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Spencer CarpenterVector images in AE
by on Apr 2, 2014 at 8:46:03 am

Hello,

Is there a way to preserve vector info in AE that doesn't rely on collapsing transformations?

The problem is when I collapse transformations I can't use the vector comp/layer in 3d space.

Thanks for any advice here.

Spencer


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Brian CharlesRe: Vector images in AE
by on Apr 2, 2014 at 6:44:02 pm
Last Edited By Brian Charles on Apr 2, 2014 at 6:44:17 pm

[Spencer Carpenter] "The problem is when I collapse transformations I can't use the vector comp/layer in 3d space."

In what way does Collapsing Transformations on the vector layer prevent you from using the it in 3D space?

Is CT invoked on both the vector layer and the nested Comp containing the vector?

Does the vector layer in the nested Comp have 3D enabled?



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Spencer CarpenterRe: Vector images in AE
by on Apr 2, 2014 at 6:53:02 pm

Hi Brian,

[Brian Charles] "In what way does Collapsing Transformations on the vector layer prevent you from using the it in 3D space? "

When I enable CT the layer/comp just sits flat on the canvas

[Brian Charles] "Is CT invoked on both the vector layer and the nested Comp containing the vector?"

Yes it needs to be or the images inside the comp look pixelated

[Brian Charles] "Does the vector layer in the nested Comp have 3D enabled?"

No but I can't see why it would need to be as it's just a 2d layered AI file.


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Brian CharlesRe: Vector images in AE
by on Apr 2, 2014 at 7:09:57 pm

[Spencer Carpenter] "[Brian Charles] "Does the vector layer in the nested Comp have 3D enabled?"

No but I can't see why it would need to be as it's just a 2d layered AI file."


Enable it in the nested Comp.



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Spencer CarpenterRe: Vector images in AE
by on Apr 2, 2014 at 7:18:38 pm

Thank you, your absolutely right. I'm not going to admit to how many years I've been using AE without realising that. Doh!!


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Brian CharlesRe: Vector images in AE
by on Apr 2, 2014 at 11:08:44 pm

I've had many of those forehead slapping moments myself over the years.

Here's the entry from the After Effects Reference:

"If transformations are not collapsed, a nested composition that contains 3D layers is rendered as a 2D image of the 3D arrangement, using the default composition camera. This rendering prevents the nested composition from intersecting with 3D layers, casting shadows on 3D layers, and receiving shadows from 3D layers in the containing composition. The nested composition is also not controlled by the cameras and lights of the containing composition."




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