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Layer with FX in pre-comp turns invisible in main comp - when FX is turned off, it appears again!

New Here ,
Jul 27, 2021 Jul 27, 2021

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I have a AI text layer in a pre-comp, and have used STROKE to make it appear as though it is written on over 2 seconds. In the main comp, the layer does not appear visibile in my preview. When I turn the FX off, the text appears fine in the main comp. All layers are on rasterise, no guide layers are being used.

 

Video attached, blurry but it shows you the gist of what I am saying. Any help would be hot!

 

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Jul 27, 2021 Jul 27, 2021

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The video is showing as unavailable, can you try again?

Two other questions, is the pre-comp 3D by any chance, and either way, is the Collapse Transformations switch turned on for the pre-comp? This is the same switch as Continuously Rasterize for layers, but it functions differently for pre-comps. If it is enabled, try disabling it.

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Jul 28, 2021 Jul 28, 2021

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I have uploaded the video in more detail below. No 3D layers are being used - just one ai file that I have duplicated and am reveal different parts of it (circle and text) at different times using the Stroke effect. Really simple stuff.

It seems the 2nd layer I have, does not appear in the main comp unless I turn off the effect. 

Any help on this would be fantastic!

 

https://youtu.be/N2lZwt4iWHE

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Jul 27, 2021 Jul 27, 2021

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Sounds like a classic misunderstanding about how continuous rasterization works and how it affects effects processing order. In many cases you can't have both and based on your description that would be the case here. As such you would have to scale the text larger in the pre-comp to gain more resolution and forego CR.

 

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Sorry, I can't have both a rasterized ai layer with effects on? I have two layers which are identical, I have used the stroke effect on both, only one of them has the condition that it dissappears in the main comp. No 3D layers, no fancy tricks...just 'reveal on original image' makes the main comp show the layer as invisible.

 

I have attached a further video going through the process fully. Any help of yours would be fantastic!

 

https://youtu.be/N2lZwt4iWHE

 

 

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Your video is set to private and thus unwatchable.

 

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Apologies! Changed to unlisted now! 🙂

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Have you tried re-ordering the masks and changing their modes?

 

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Unfortunately yes, it seems the order of the masks or their style have no effect on the issue. :🤔 

 

I can apply other effects to the layer and they work fine such as gaussian blur or scribble. But as soon as stroke or write on is applied - bam! - dissappears. This does not happen to the other layer which is a duplicate. 

I have tried deleting the layer and starting over, but it happens each time.

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have you tried !Paint on Transparent" in teh stroke effect instead of painting on the original? This is certainly an odd issue, but I have a hunch that it has something to do with how the effect generates the buffer...

 

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