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  • Adam O’Hern

    June 10, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Hi All,

    Apologies for the noob question here. Clearly I’m just not understanding something fundamental about Null objects.

    Why would a Null object appear as a white square, rather than the normal transparent bounding box?

    If I use RMB > New > Null Object, the result is the typical transparent red bounding box. That also creates something called “Solids/Null 1” in the project. Dragging and dropping Null 1 from the project browser into a comp, however, yields a while square, not a transparent one.

    Thanks!
    Adam

  • Adam O’Hern

    June 10, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Huh. Weird.

    Can you (or anyone) explain why it works this way? Not that it’s a big deal to do it the way you suggest, but I feel like there’s some Law Of The AE Universe that I’m not understanding.

  • Michael Szalapski

    June 10, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    It’s an artifact from the olden days of AE. It is how it’s always been.
    Since it isn’t a workflow killer, the AE team have never gotten around to updating it.
    They have much more important things on their plate like completely rewriting AE’s core so that it’s more interactive and faster. Which they’re doing!!! 🙂

    If it really does bother you, you can file a feature request. They really do read those.

    – The Great Szalam
    (The ‘Great’ stands for ‘Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble’)

    No trees were harmed in the creation of this message, but several thousand electrons were mildly inconvenienced.

  • Adam O’Hern

    June 10, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Fantastic, thanks for the info. I’m new to AE, so I’m just trying to educate myself about these things. Not that I need it to change, I just need mental models to help me make sense of this new world.

    Thanks guys!

  • Michael Szalapski

    June 10, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Welcome to AE! 🙂

    If you’re not going through a solid, professional course to start
    off in the AE world, I highly recommend this resource: https://adobe.ly/AE_basics
    It’s the best, free way I know of to get up to speed on AE.

    – The Great Szalam
    (The ‘Great’ stands for ‘Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble’)

    No trees were harmed in the creation of this message, but several thousand electrons were mildly inconvenienced.

  • Steven Perry

    January 3, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    ***Captain here,

    When you create a null the opacity is set to zero.

    If you drag the null in from the project window the opacity is at 100%

    A null is really just a 100×100 solid. But when you create a null, it’s opacity is zero, since dragging it from the project window gives you an object with no altered properties, its opacity is back at 100%.

    Dave LaRonde… I swear you post on every single question on this site. STOP. If you don’t know the answer, don’t comment.

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