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PSD import issues in After Effects 2019: text elements behaving oddly.

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When I import PSD files into After Effects 2019, when I covert text layers to editable text layers the Position seems to be way off. When I try to reset the position the text fly off-screen. How can I correct?

 

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PSD import issues in After Effects 2019: text elements behaving oddly.

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When I import PSD files into After Effects 2019, when I covert text layers to editable text layers the Position seems to be way off. When I try to reset the position the text fly off-screen. How can I correct?

 

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It looks like you imported the PSD using the "Composition" option, rather than the "Composition - Retain Layer Sizes" option. Even so, this shouldn't be happening, but what does happen if you re-import that PSD while retaining layer sizes, then try to convert your text?

The way you first imported your PSD means that every layer will be the same size of the comp, and the anchor point will be in the center of your comp, regardless of how large the actual layer content is. So if you have a small piece of text at the top-left corner of your comp, the layer will still be 1920x1080 with your anchor point in the center. This makes it very difficult to animate or even select layers underneath the top one. There are plenty of reasons you would want this workflow, but I just want to make sure you're aware of the differences between the two import options. 

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@davidarbor I tried both import options and get the same results. 

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@davidarbor I tried both import options and get the same results. 

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Are you ok with uploading the Photoshop file for me to take a look at?

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Thanks for posting the file. I just tried in AE 2020 and the text converted properly. I did notice that the anchor point was WAAAAAAYYYY outside of the comp, though, but the position was altered to account for that, so there was no visual change when I converted the text.

 

Is there a reason you're still using AE 2019? There were a lot of great improvements, especially in performance, in 2020. If you've been waiting for patch updates for 2020, 17.0.4 just came out, so there have been a few dot releases since the main release in October. 

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I am using 2020. However, I don't understand what you mean that "the anchor was way outside the comp, but the position was altered to account for that". I am not sure what you mean, as I didn't change the anchor point. I am a little confused.

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Gotcha. The post title says 2019, but that's good to know that you're on 2020. I see that the anchor point on the text layer inside Photoshop is in the center, but check out this screenshot for where your anchor point goes when you convert the text. Have you tried reimporting this PSD? The anchor point issue might be a bug, but as I said, when I converted the text it stayed in the proper position for me, which meant that AE corrected the position to account for the drastic anchor point reposition. Converted Text.png

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The only problem with that positioning is that I am unable to copy and paste animating propertoes from other compositions. The layers don't animate correctly because the values are wrong. Definitely a bug and quite frustrating because I have to recreate tonnes of files. I have tried importing again and other troubleshooting methods and nothing seems to work. 

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