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Jacqueline ChevalType in After Effects looks not sharp
by on Jan 16, 2012 at 3:30:15 pm

Hi there,

I followed a tutorial, where you can turn a text layer into a 3 d layer just by applying the shatter effect on a layer underneath (can be an image or video).

The tutorial is here:







Now it IS 3d, which is great, but the type looks awfully unsharp.

How come?


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Dave LaRondeRe: Type in After Effects looks not sharp
by on Jan 16, 2012 at 3:52:43 pm

What are the horizontal & vertical dimensions of your comp? I suspect it isn't a square-pixel comp.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Kevin CampRe: Type in After Effects looks not sharp
by on Jan 16, 2012 at 6:20:58 pm

the pitfall of using shatter is that the custom shatter map is always rasterized to a 1-bit image (like either black or white, no shades of grey in between) making a rather jaggy bitmapped look to the edges.

chad probably should have mentioned that in his tutorial.

to try and get around that issue, try working in a comp that is about 4x larger than you need, then drop that into a comp that is the final size and scale it to fit. if it's still a bit to jaggy, try an 8x larger comp.

Kevin Camp
Senior Designer
KCPQ, KMYQ & KRCW


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Kevin CampRe: Type in After Effects looks not sharp
by on Jan 16, 2012 at 6:43:52 pm

actually i just played around with it (it had been many years since i had used this technique), and working with a comp that is around 2x larger ( that's 2x the height and width, so 400% larger) should provide enough resolution to downscale to smooth edges.

Kevin Camp
Senior Designer
KCPQ, KMYQ & KRCW


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Jacqueline ChevalRe: Type in After Effects looks not sharp
by on Jan 16, 2012 at 7:08:54 pm

Thanks a lot, Kevin.

Great to know.


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