October 2, 2010

Vector Paint in CS5 (without UI)

@AdobeAE notes how can I live without vector paint?, a discussion of alternatives and feedback on the Vector Paint effect, which was removed for After Effects CS5. The variety and depth of the posts on the Adobe forums attracted the attention of the AE product manager, and more from Todd Kopriva:

"Compositions created with a previous version of After Effects that use the Vector Paint effect will still render in After Effects CS5, but you will not be able to modify the Vector Paint effect properties in these compositions in After Effects CS5.

In other words, it's the Vector Paint UI (user interface) that is missing from After Effects CS5, not the underlying effect for rendering."

The lack of Vector Paint and the ability to paint directly in the comp was also bemoaned on the AE-list recently, as well as on the release of CS5. A partial workaround for wiggle was shared by Trish Meyer on March 8, 2010, "You can copy and paste paint paths to Shape Paths (created by the Pen tool) - just make a dummy path by clicking with the Pen to create it, then paste to it."

Note: since CS4 was shipped with CS5, you can use it for missing features and plug-ins.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

you CANNOT use CS4 if you have already opened or created a project in CS5 ... how dumb do you think we are ??? graphic designing entails the gradual transformation of ideas and some of those ideas are not apparent until its too late to go back to older versions of AE ... geesh - the fact that i have to explain that only shows that computer programmers should not be deciding what tools graphic artists use and not use