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Scale direction in Transform Effect

New Here ,
Apr 12, 2017 Apr 12, 2017

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I'm doing a simple animation using the Scale Height and Width options in the "transform" effect. I did it for one object, and when I scaled the height, AE used the bottom of the object as a base, thus making it smaller from the top down. Now I need to change the object in the middle of the animation, so I put the new object in the composition and copied the effect into it. But now, the effect uses the top of the object as a base, making it smaller from the bottom up instead.

I can't seem to figure out how to change this. I need the animation of the two objects to match perfectly.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I'm working in AE CC V13.6.1.6 on a Mac.

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LEGEND , Apr 12, 2017 Apr 12, 2017
AE used the bottom of the object as a base, thus making it smaller from the top down. Now I need to change the object in the middle of the animation

the anchor point is the pivot from which the transformation occur. if you want to change the transform effect's anchor point, you need to change the anchor point. notice that as you do, the layer will shift in the opposite direction, so to make up for it copy the anchor point's parameters to the position parameters so they will be the same.

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AE used the bottom of the object as a base, thus making it smaller from the top down. Now I need to change the object in the middle of the animation

the anchor point is the pivot from which the transformation occur. if you want to change the transform effect's anchor point, you need to change the anchor point. notice that as you do, the layer will shift in the opposite direction, so to make up for it copy the anchor point's parameters to the position parameters so they will be the same.

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Thank you! That worked. No idea, why the original object scaled differently, since the anchor point is the same as the rest. But no matter, problem solved. Thanks!

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Hi,

I understand your frustration with the alignment issue while using the Scale Height and Width options in After Effects. To match the animation perfectly between two objects, you need to adjust the base point of the second object. Select the second object, open the "transform" effect settings, and adjust the anchor point to match the first object. Preview the animation to see if it aligns as desired.

Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any further questions.

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