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Kieren Hutchison
Background goes black when made 3D
on Jan 3, 2011 at 7:17:58 pm

I've imported a .png file and want to make it 3D
However, when I check the box to make it 3D the image goes black
Any help will be greatly aprreciated

Thanks

Kieren


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Michael Szalapski
Re: Background goes black when made 3D
on Jan 3, 2011 at 7:28:38 pm

Do you have any lights in your scene or any cameras? I ask because there are two main causes for this type of thing.

Cause 1: Lights in scene not illuminating your layer. Add lights, move lights, or move your layer so that light falls on it.
Or set your layer's properties to not accept lights.

Cause 2: Camera not seeing object. When you turn a layer 3d, it pretty much defaults to AE's world space center. So, if you're looking through a custom camera or an alternate view you may not be looking at the layer.

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Kieren Hutchison
Re: Background goes black when made 3D
on Jan 3, 2011 at 7:40:10 pm

I don't think it is either of these as the 3D Object is still shown and I am looking through the active camera.
Here's two screen shots, maybe they will help





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John Stanowski
Re: Background goes black when made 3D
on Dec 21, 2014 at 12:13:09 pm

I know it's been years since you asked this question, but I'm sure there are others, like me, who got this thread in a search and found no solution. I'm not sure if this is the same thing, but I had 3D text which was animated in a pre-comp. But when I brought it into my main comp, the background went black. And my Y-axis rotations were weird; there was no perspective. After almost punching my screen I realized that my Comp Camera was set to Front. After switching it back to Active Camera, all was well.

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Zach Landua
Re: Background goes black when made 3D
on Jul 29, 2015 at 5:22:36 pm

Wow. I feel dumb. My camera was set to "front" as well.


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Frank Weber
Re: Background goes black when made 3D
on Jan 27, 2017 at 9:35:07 am

OMG. Thanks.


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Yuri Nunes
Re: Background goes black when made 3D
on Nov 10, 2017 at 2:52:38 am

I just created an account... to say.. thank you...


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Jasford Muldoon
Re: Background goes black when made 3D
on Apr 4, 2018 at 11:04:04 pm

thank you so much


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Karén Melkonyan
Re: Background goes black when made 3D
on Aug 30, 2018 at 8:50:57 am

thanks a lot!


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Mark Chow
Re: Background goes black when made 3D
on Feb 22, 2019 at 8:02:57 am

OMG thank you so much.......glad to know that I am not the only dumb


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Davi Herold
Re: Background goes black when made 3D
on Oct 28, 2019 at 3:40:13 pm

Five years later and you're still helping people with your comment!

Cheers!


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Andrey Gavrilkin
Re: Background goes black when made 3D
on Nov 29, 2019 at 10:13:18 am

Still relevant in 2019-20. thank you. I though its a bug, restarted Ae couple of times already before finding this!


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tristan convert
Re: Background goes black when made 3D
on Oct 24, 2018 at 3:26:22 pm

Hi guys,
First post, respect and love for Creative Cow.
Following up on this, I have the same problem and didn't find any other source on the web.

Last version of AE, on mac. When I import a PNG or an AI with transparency and turn it into a 3D layer in AE the transparency in that layer turns to black.
Following this tread, I fiddled with RGB/CMYK, turning layers to 2D/3D, changing camera view.

I maybe missed something, but I'm still stuck and while I usually find my answers here, I had to register and show up for this one. Could anyone help further? Thank you





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Gerrit Schulze
Re: Background goes black when made 3D
on Mar 26, 2019 at 5:26:20 pm

Hi Tristan,

like John Stanowski said (many thanks for that John!) your 3d view should be set to 'Active Camera'.

In your screenshot right in the middle below the viewer you see 'Left' in the camera view drop-down. Set this to 'Active Camera' to wipe out that misterious black 😉.

Regards,
Gerrit



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Deborah White
Re: Background goes black when made 3D
on Nov 1, 2019 at 2:24:02 am

Hi, I have the same problem. I am using keylight on videos and when I turn them to 3D layers with Cinema 4D renderer the masked areas turn black. I've tried all the suggestions above and cannot solve the problem. I've tried pre-comps, altering the light and the camera. Please help!


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Max Haller
Re: Background goes black when made 3D
on Dec 2, 2019 at 9:28:45 pm

Ive had issues with the cinema 4d renderer doing that to PSD files, try clicking on where it says Cinema 4D and changing it to the Classic 3D renderer. That fixed the PSD problems for me, might work for your problem.


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Deborah White
Re: Background goes black when made 3D
on Dec 2, 2019 at 11:01:17 pm

Thanks Max.
I wanted to use the cinema 4D renderer but I've had to change my project to use classic 3D.


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