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salils
How To Feather The Edge Of A Layer?, with out masks.
on Aug 1, 2005 at 8:41:20 pm

Is there anyway to feather the edge of a whole layer in after effects 6.5 pro? I know it can be done with masks, but it would be annoying since I will be chaning the scale and position of the layer. Also, it is hard to exactly mask the whole layer. Is there any easy way to do this? Thanks.


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Andrew Kramer
Re: How To Feather The Edge Of A Layer?, with out masks.
on Aug 1, 2005 at 9:19:32 pm

Well...
If you select a layer on the timeline and double click the mask tool (box or the cirlce) It will automatically create a mask the size of your layer.
Then push "f" and the feather properties come up and you can quickly make the layer feathered. Also just to the right of the title safe button in the monitor is a show/hide masks, if you switch this off you wont be accidently moving masks while you work. You can also lock masks to avoid that problem as well.

Here are 2 cool shortcut that I enjoy using when keyframing:

1. Shift + (parameter) for example: Press "P" to bring up Position info, then press Shift + "A" to bring up the anchor point while maintaining your position as well, instead of just switching.

2. Press "U" brings up all the paraments that have keyframe values so you can change them. Or Press "u", "u" quickly and it brings up parameters that have been adjusted but not keyframed.

You can also copy and paste masks if you are repeating your self.

Good Luck
Andrew


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Filip Vandueren
Re: How To Feather The Edge Of A Layer?, with out masks.
on Aug 1, 2005 at 9:22:03 pm

try using a roughen edges effect with these settings:

Edge Type: Roughen
Border: 50
Edge Sharpness: 0
Fractal Influence: 0

or (multiple effects needed)

  1. Add any Blur ('Box Blur', 'Fast Blur', 'Gaussian blur', whatever)
  2. Add a 'Levels' effect where you set "Alpha Input Black" = 128
  3. Add a "CC Composite" effect

The blurriness of your first filter takes care of the feather radius
This has some side-effects if the layer you are starting from allready has a soft-alpha (but I'm guessing it doesn't in your case)


BTW: To easily mask the entire layer, select the layer, then double-click on the rectangular mask tool in the toolbox.



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kwaku nyantekyi
Re: How To Feather The Edge Of A Layer?, with out masks.
on Jul 7, 2011 at 4:00:50 pm

Your first suggestion worked perfectly Filip. Thanks a lot. It's crazy how something posted 6 years ago can still be so helpful.

http://vimeo.com/user746361


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Sebastien Dubé
Re: How To Feather The Edge Of A Layer?, with out masks.
on Oct 8, 2014 at 5:58:48 pm

Roughen Edge is just awesome thank you so much

One for all and all for one !


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René Thalund
Re: How To Feather The Edge Of A Layer?, with out masks.
on May 15, 2015 at 8:25:12 pm

I have the opposite problem:

– How to STOP After Effects from feathering the edge of a layer – 

Anybody knowing the solution for Sebastiens problem might know the solution for this.

It seems to me after upgrading to CC all layers are feathered just a bit. Try making a 1 x 8 px black solid - on my setup it comes out as 2 px wide in transparent grey.

For live music light productions I sometimes produce video in very small formats like 104 x 12 px - thats why I bother and know for a fact CS5 and 6 didn't behave like this.

Any input apreciated


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Darby Edelen
Re: How To Feather The Edge Of A Layer?, with out masks.
on May 17, 2015 at 2:55:09 am

If the layer is centered between pixels then it will perform some interpolation that may cause the edge to look soft.

You can set the quality switch on the layer to draft and no interpolation will take place.

Darby Edelen


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René Thalund
Re: How To Feather The Edge Of A Layer?, with out masks.
on May 17, 2015 at 3:00:39 am

That sounds very plausible. Thanks!


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Nick Mars
Re: How To Feather The Edge Of A Layer?, with out masks.
on Apr 3, 2019 at 5:31:50 am

Filip,

Just chiming in a casual 14 years later with a thank you for this as well.

The internet is a crazy place


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Matt Czyz
Re: How To Feather The Edge Of A Layer?, with out masks.
on May 1, 2019 at 4:07:27 pm

Chiming in from the future year of 2019 to thank you for the roughen edges tip, it is exactly what I needed.


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Yousef Ryan
Re: How To Feather The Edge Of A Layer?, with out masks.
on May 5, 2020 at 6:22:37 am

Just chiming in after almost 15 years to thank you for your roughen edges tip it's a really time saver
Cheers


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Luke Bolus
Re: How To Feather The Edge Of A Layer?, with out masks.
on Jul 7, 2020 at 8:51:39 pm

Ditto, this just helped me with a comping job. Thanks


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Filip Vandueren
Re: How To Feather The Edge Of A Layer?, with out masks.
on Jul 8, 2020 at 10:38:27 pm

Imagine how old I’m this makes me feel ;-)



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