I tried 'Collapsing Transformation' but still blurry.
What is the position of the blurry layer? Positions values that aren't whole integers can cause pixel sub-sampling.
Here is a video showing what I did, hopefully this helps: https://www.dropbox.com/s/76ec0yjxfd7vpk8/BlurryPrecomp.avi
(Suggest downloading the AVI to see clearly, Dropbox compresses the hell out of the video)
I just dragged the precomp to the timeline of my main Comp.
It is when I add the FilterType precomp that you can see it is very blurry. Then if I go into that Precomp it is fine. All PSD files inside are fine.
Here is the PSD file in question, maybe this will help? https://www.dropbox.com/s/o5rvfizztxzaudt/FilterTypes.psd
Basically if you add it to any projects you already have it will show up blurry, but if you create a new project using this it is fine... From what I tested that is.
I found my work around.
My current Project is 800x700px@72 dpi.
So I opened Photoshop and made a new 800x700px@72 dpi, added my FilterType files into the new PSD and saved. Then imported into AE:CC selecting 'Compisition Retain Layer Size'.
Now it works fine but with exeption of a large layer for a small image, but it is a work around.
You're jumping through a lot of hoops for probably no reason. Check the X and Y position values of the layer when it's blurry and report them here, as I asked above.
For the record, DPI is irrelevant to AE projects.
I believe I understand now. I moved the layer around a bit and it because sharp at one point. But when I overlayed it on top of one of the captures it would not match pixel for pixel so I created a new PSD which was the same size as the project and it worked.
But I understand the position part now, so I think that is my issue.
So my position on the screens I attached were 230.0,132.0 and still blurry. Image size is 265x73px.
My work around:
Made it 800x700 as the project size and now it works, but I still have issues with smaller imports.
Here is another screenshot for you.
The FilterTypes is in the correct location while the FilterTypes_Small is placed in the same location but because it is smaller in a different location. Positions are both 324.0,296.0
The only thing I did with the small was crop my PSD file in photoshop to the FilterTypes graphic size, which I originally started at.
You are playing with fire using screenshots of webpages in video projects. The size of the text, and the very thin lines in web designs will not translate to video easily. If you scale any screen captures past 100% they will quickly fall apart.
Visibility options on your web browser to increase the size of everything. Try doing your screenshots with fonts and webpages scaled up two or three sizes. You simply need more data in your files.
Another thing to watch for is that your layers must be exactly an even number of pixels high and wide. An odd number and either direction will caused the very thin lines to shift to the half pixel and fall apart.
Yeah I believe I just figured that after experimenting on the size.
My FilterTypes was 165x73px, but when I changed the size of my PSD file to 170x80px it shows up fine.
So this is a lesson learned, though I don't know why it would be an issue in AE. I assumed it would show without issues as if I were placing an image in any other Adobe application.
Thanks for taking the time to assist me in my crazyness.
I will take what you said in consideration Rick.
Mostly these tutorials are to be played inside our application for our clients reference/need, not for web or tv display.
Same rules still apply, a pixel is a block of data on a finite grid. Get the grid out of alignment and the pixels are reinterpreted. Always, and I mean always, images should be an even number of pixels high and wide. If they are not, you have to remember, and just the pixel grid position by .5 pixels. That's more trouble than it is worth in any project.
Single pixel thick moving lines will always jitter and look bad. The slower the movement, the worse they look unless they move exactly an even number of pixels per frame.
It's the same with vector art. Just designing in illustrator, and using collapse transformations is no guarantee of good looking sharp video.
I do appreciate your responce and information, I would have never known.