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  • how to create pixel lines (*no* antialiasing..)?

  • janklug

    September 21, 2006 at 7:24 am


    in after effects 7, i’d like to create a *really* small animation (40x32pixels), in which i’d like to draw lines / rectangles / paths etc that are just 1 pixel wide.
    i want it jagged, no antialiasing.

    but i just can’t find a way to do that…
    generating a stroke and setting the width value to 1 creates a nice antialiased line of at least 3 pixels; smaller values might create 1-pixel wide strokes, but only half luminosity (probably because it’s antialiased away..)

    ok, putting that thru a threshold could be a solution, but isn’t there an easy way to draw ‘real’ pixels in AE7???


    jan klug

  • Aharon Rabinowitz

    September 21, 2006 at 2:50 pm

    2 things I can think of:

    1. try adding the effect called Effect > Stylize > Mosaic and set the tiling to half or 1/4 the comps resoultion

    2. Just turn off the best quality switch ( the “/” in the switches pannel in the timeline) for that layer. It will change it to Draft Quality whicvh will make it more aliased.

    However, in your render settings you need to make sure to change it from Best quality to Current, or it will just alias it on rendering.

    I think Option 1 is better.

    Aharon Rabinowitz
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  • Josh Graham

    February 17, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Holy crap you just saved me! thanks [ ] switch does the trick!


  • Jacob Salamon

    March 12, 2014 at 2:20 am

    Hi Aharon,

    Choosing to export with “Current Settings” versus “Best Settings” is exactly what I needed. We are working with 8-bit footage from classic video games at a native resolution of 398×224. I wanted to scale it up to HD but maintain the sharp, pixelated look. This did the trick. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!


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