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Old January 9th, 2005, 10:53 PM   #1
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Photoshop and After Effects resolution

What's the best graphic resolution to use in After Effects when working with Photoshop files? In other words, if I create a Photoshop graphic and export it to After Effects, what resolution should this file have. I would like to obtain the best graphic quality as possible.

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Old January 10th, 2005, 04:44 AM   #2
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I'd say there isn't enough information here to really answer that
question:

- what is your final output format for this project going to be?
- what kind of photoshop image are we talking about?
- where did these originate? (ie, handdrawn, digital or scanned photographs)
- do you want to pan accross an image in AE?
- are you talking about pixels or DPI?

etc. etc.
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Old January 10th, 2005, 05:06 PM   #3
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Most of my projects output consist of DVD disks made for Wide Screen format. The following include some of my project types:

DVD NTSC wide screen

Video Projectors (Corporate videos)

Right now I'm working with the PC platform, but might move to Apple at some point this year.

Some of the source files include:

Picture scans; some from magazine cuts, and some from 35 mm Pictures (8x11 inches)

Graphics, including backgrounds and text designed from scratch on Photoshop,

Sometimes I work on projects using all these sources, so I would mix a Scanned picture at 1200 dpi resolution with a text created at size 36 and a background layer with a solid color.

I then export all these layers and use them for a DVD menu or an After Effects title project.

Now my concern is with the pictures and the graphics that I create. I'm not completelly sure if the right thing to do is create the Photoshop layer using the default preset for NTSC Dv Widescreen 720x480 and leave the default resolution of 72 Pix/inch. Then insert some scanned pictures (cut from a magazine) put some text with a 36 pt. and a background of 10x6in. How about creating text with a 72 pt and then shrinking the layer in AF? how about the scanned pictures?

Hope any of this make some sense..

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Old January 18th, 2005, 04:29 AM   #4
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Well, after affects should handle graphics all of sizes perfectly.
How does it all look? The other thing you can do is output all
the source materials at the right resolution, which will give you
a bit more tinkering and perhaps a speed increase in after
effects (due to smaller resolution and file sizes).

Keep in mind that the 720 pixels are NON SQUARE. For widescreen
you'd want to use 960 x 480 in square pixels (like most digital
images are etc.)
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