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Anchor point centered, but align tool not working

Community Beginner ,
Sep 13, 2019 Sep 13, 2019

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Having an issue where after alining the anchor point to center on a line path, there is still a mystery point at the center of the canvas resulting in an issue where the align tool isn't working correctly. It is trying to use the myster point rather than anchor point. You can see the anchor point is centered on both objects, but the align tool is aligning them incorrectly. 

 

How do I fix this? It hasn't normally been a problem but now I can't seem to get it to work today.

 

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Sep 13, 2019 Sep 13, 2019

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How many layers do you have? I suggest you include a screen grab of your Timeline, to allow us to have a clear look at the layer(s) involved.


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Community Beginner ,
Sep 14, 2019 Sep 14, 2019

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I was having this issue within a comp with multiple layers, but I started a new composition to double check if this would happen in other compositions. The above image is a new comp with only two shape layers. One with a Square, and another with a simple path drawn by the pen tool. I double checked within the shape layer in question and there isn't any accidental points, just the single path.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Sep 14, 2019 Sep 14, 2019

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同様の質問が、下記スレッドにもあります。
https://community.adobe.com/t5/After-Effects/シェイプレイヤーのアンカーポイントについて/td-p/10605121

根本的な解決方法ではありませんが、スナップを利用するか、または、スナップを利用できない状態で整列を実行する場合は、2個のアンカーポイントとシェイプをコンポジションの中央に配置します。

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1. トランスフォーム/アンカーポイント の値を トランスフォーム・シェイプ/アンカーポイントにコピー&ペーストします。
2. アンカーポイントツールのアイコンをCtrlを押しながらダブルクリックして、アンカーポイントをコンテンツの中央に配置します。
3. 以上でシェイプとアンカーポイントが中央に配置されるので、整列が利用できます。

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Mentor ,
Sep 14, 2019 Sep 14, 2019

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If you select two objects and use the align tool, it's default setting is "Selection", instead of "composition". So you are centering both object to each other, instead of both to the comp center.

Just can change this in the dropdown.

 

*Martin

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 14, 2019 Sep 14, 2019

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That isn't the issue. The anchor points are centering correctly on the shapes such as a square, circle, or star. However anything that I'm drawing with the pen tool on a shape layer there is the initial anchor point at the center of the composition, then after using a center anchor point script you can see the anchor point moves to the center of the shape, but for some reason it is still using the original center of composition anchor point for aligning the shapes. Regardless of whether I choose align selectio or composition this is occuring. 

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 14, 2019 Sep 14, 2019

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Here is the issue explained in greater detail:

AE bugArtboard 1@2x.png

 

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Mentor ,
Sep 14, 2019 Sep 14, 2019

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The new forum is too buggy right now - can you please upload the image to another place. I can see anything - it's just to small.

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Participant ,
Jun 06, 2021 Jun 06, 2021

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I made a tutorial showing different ways of center aligning a shape layer in a composition.
I'm not sure if this will solve your problem, but it's only a 1 min tutorial, so maybe worth
checking it out? 🙂 Thanks and good luck! 👍


Watch the tutorial in the YouTube app (for iOS users):
https://to.mysocial.io/s/a3zddAUGZ

Watch the tutorial on your computer here:
https://youtu.be/Nbt_MjlMHrU

Full playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nbt_MjlMHrU&list=PLgJlbAYg0mEnZDvh9LUAz-t0rAjCgH8IQ&index=11

There are different ways to center align objects and layers in After Effects and I'm going to show you two keyboard shortcuts that will automatically center ...
There are different ways to center align objects and layers in After Effects and I'm going to show you two keyboard shortcuts that will automatically center ...

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New Here ,
Jun 09, 2021 Jun 09, 2021

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Hey David --

 

Loved this! It works great. However, I noticed that it seems to adjust a few frames before my source text actually changes. Any advice on making the expression match up with the exact source text keyframe change?

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Jun 10, 2021 Jun 10, 2021

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Not sure exactly what you mean. 
Is it not in position (like static position) or is it a motion starting too early or too late?

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New Here ,
Jun 10, 2021 Jun 10, 2021

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So I think i solved it! It seems because I slipped the source text layer down my timeline, I had to update the expression to specify / call out the time shift like so:

s=sourceRectAtTime(time-1.75,true);
[0,s.top-45+s.height/2]+value;

 

Basically unless the text starts right at the head 00:00:00, you will need to adjust.

You can also just drag your layer out to the start.

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Jun 10, 2021 Jun 10, 2021

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Try Hold Expression in the Source text to freeze the text. 

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