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Alex VladshAvoid to loose quality zooming/scaling vector compositions in after effects?
by on Jan 8, 2012 at 8:15:13 am

This is a question for experienced users in Adobe After Effects.

0) create a new project with main composition in AE
1) create a inner composition (any size)
2) place any vector graphics, such as text made by AE
3) go to main composition and place the compositino with vector graphics
4) create a camera
5) zoom in changing position, or increase scale of inner composition, the result is always same: the composition is loosing resolution, the final result is very pixelated.

How to work with big compositions to avoid this problem, if I use a lot of zoom in, and dont want to loose the quality, i have to work with all the objects inside main composition, and forget about pre-composite?


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Dave LaRondeRe: Avoid to loose quality zooming/scaling vector compositions in after effects?
by on Jan 9, 2012 at 9:22:27 pm

There isn't much difference between a nesting a comp containing a single illustrator file and simply putting the Illustrator file directly in the main comp. If you don't have a need to nest comps, don't don't nest comps.

If you DO need to nest a comp with vector graphics, try turning on the Continuously Rasterize / Collapse Transformations switch.

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


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Andrew SomersRe: Avoid to loose quality zooming/scaling vector compositions in after effects?
by on Jan 16, 2012 at 2:44:14 am

For best quality, you should *always* turn on "continuously rasterize" for layers using vector graphics, no matter if they are nested or not.

The "continuously rasterize" (aka collapse transformations) switch is the one that looks like a little gear, immediately to the left of the quality switch, in the layer switches pane in the comp's timeline.

NOTE: If you are using nested comps, the rasterize button *must* be turned on for that layer in the main comp, AND for all the vector layers in the nested comp.



As far as if you should nest - nesting is very valuable way to keep multiple related elements together. If you are using Illustrator with multiple layers and groups, then bring them all in as a comp so you can keep them together, and yet still maintain independent control over the various groups/layers.


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