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Ken LatmanShape Layer oddness
by on Aug 17, 2009 at 7:58:23 pm

I encountered an oddness that I was wondering if anyone else has.

I have a shape layer that is a star.

First I did this: I set the layer itself (not the shape) to rotate counter clockwise 4 times.
I then made this layer 3D and changed it's x orientation to about 65°.
I then decided I wanted the star to become smaller towards the end. I set one keyframe same at the begining to 100 then at the end to 0. As the you progress down all of a sudden it looks like the perspective changes abruptly.
I tried isolating the shape layer with all its attributes to a composition but that didn't change the behavior.
I tried have the shape itself change size and rotation while allowing the layer to maintain that 65° position. still the same.
When I put the shape layer and its rotation and scale properties into a composition and then make that composition a 3D layer with a 65° angle, no problem.

Am I missing some rule of AE now with shapes? i knew the order of render is M(masks) E(effects) T(transformations). How do shape layers fall into this model?



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Todd KoprivaRe: Shape Layer oddness
by on Aug 17, 2009 at 8:32:46 pm

> i knew the order of render is M(masks) E(effects) T(transformations). How do shape layers fall into this model?


"Within each raster (non-vector) layer, elements are applied in the following order: masks, effects, transformations, and layer styles. For continuously rasterized vector layers, transformations occur before masks and effects."

(from the "Render order..." section of After Effects Help)

Shape layers are vector layers, so the order is 1) transformations, 2) masks, 3) effects.

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