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chris brettmasks query
by on May 4, 2014 at 1:27:23 pm

Hi --

-- have a 3d comp where the floor is made of various shapes - some are 'layers' with masks on on others are 'shape layers'.

When all the elements are precomped the masked layers do not stay sharp when 'continuous rasterise' is selected.

Is this just the way it is or am I missing something please ?

------------------------ chris --


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Erik WaluskaRe: masks query
by on May 4, 2014 at 6:05:19 pm

Hi Chris, It sounds like you may not have the continuous rasterization switch turned on for the masked layers inside of the pre-comp.

Erik Waluska

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chris brettRe: masks query
by on May 4, 2014 at 6:25:16 pm

Hi Erik -

- thanks for speedy reply -- however dont think thats it --- could be have missed something .........

.... anyway -- rebuilt floor as separate layers and its fine ???

-- need to study this a bit more - sometimes get little problems like this ...

--------------- all the best ----chris ---


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Shahed NaderiRe: masks query
by on May 4, 2014 at 10:27:51 pm

hello chris, I just wondering if there is a way here to attach the file , or part of it as you may want , I experienced such problem before , but it's good to see what you encountered with.

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Walter SoykaRe: masks query
by on May 5, 2014 at 2:35:22 pm

I just want to point out that while that switch is "Continuously Rasterize" for vector layers, it is "Collapse Transformations" for comp layers.

While the on-screen effect can sometimes be the same (keeping layers sharp), the function itself is very different. Collapse Transformations tells Ae NOT to rasterize the comp layer and then apply masks, effects, transforms, and layer styles to the one composite layer. Instead, it tells Ae to transform and composite each layer within the comp individually into the main containing comp, effectively pulling them into the containing comp.

Some good information here in the docs:

And here from Chris and Trish Meyer:

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chris brettRe: masks query
by on May 5, 2014 at 2:44:39 pm

Hi Walter

Many thanks for this excellent reply - this has to be it -- will check out the info as well - much appreciated.

Best regards

Chris Brett


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