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Child layers distorted

Community Beginner ,
Oct 05, 2019 Oct 05, 2019

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To put it simply, I have a layer that is rotated and I want to parent it to another image, but the problem is that the layer gets skewed and messed up when it's made a child. I know the rotation is doing it because the image is normal when the rotation is 0.

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Valorous Hero , Oct 07, 2019 Oct 07, 2019

It's most likely that your Parent Layer has a scale value that is not proportionate - something like [80,145], for example.

 

When you parent a child to such a layer and you rotate the Child Layer, it will inherit the parent's scale. To prevent this skewing/distortion, do the following.

 

1) Start afresh without any parenting structure in place.

2) Ensure the child layer's scale values are proportionate

3) create a Null Layer and drag it's Anchor Point towards the Anchor Point of the soon-to-be-parent

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Enthusiast ,
Oct 05, 2019 Oct 05, 2019

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Hi. First thing to check is that your Pixel Aspect Ratio Correction switch is set (it's next to the 1View dropdown at the bottom of yur viewing screen). This will correct it you are not using square pixels.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 05, 2019 Oct 05, 2019

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I am sorry, but your solution did not work for me, but I will try to add attachments to see if that clears anything up

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LEGEND ,
Oct 06, 2019 Oct 06, 2019

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Not really much to see from your clipped screen photos. On first look it definitely looks like they are they are 3D layers, but the timeline properties don't corroborate that. It would perhaps help if you provided a screenshot of the whole interface with the relevant timeline switches for the layers revealed.

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Guide ,
Oct 06, 2019 Oct 06, 2019

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is it needed to use non-uniform csaling everywhere? When you compose in one movement 2 different rotations and 2 different non-uniform scaling, it make a "3D-rotation" effect and looks some skewed and messed.

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Valorous Hero ,
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It's most likely that your Parent Layer has a scale value that is not proportionate - something like [80,145], for example.

 

When you parent a child to such a layer and you rotate the Child Layer, it will inherit the parent's scale. To prevent this skewing/distortion, do the following.

 

1) Start afresh without any parenting structure in place.

2) Ensure the child layer's scale values are proportionate

3) create a Null Layer and drag it's Anchor Point towards the Anchor Point of the soon-to-be-parent layer - as you drag and get close to the target Anchor Point, hold down the CTRL/COMMAND key to invoke the Snap Feature.

4) Parent the Null Layer to the Parent Layer

5) Parent the original child layer to the Null Layer.

 

HTH

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 07, 2019 Oct 07, 2019

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Thank you so much, your answer was very precise and it was the exact solution to my problem.

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Valorous Hero ,
Oct 08, 2019 Oct 08, 2019

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Thanks for reporting back and for sharing your kind words.
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Jan 26, 2023 Jan 26, 2023

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Wow, guys! This benefited my students greatly! 150 middle school kids are smiling in your direction right now! 🙂

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Valorous Hero ,
Jan 26, 2023 Jan 26, 2023

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Awesome! 

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Thank you so much! 

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