3 Replies Latest reply on Feb 4, 2015 11:00 PM by dishjunk

    What's causing my figures to become pixelated?




      I have a couple stick figure-like characters imported as compositions from Ps into Ae.  For some reason they appear really pixelated in the main composition.  Does anyone know what may be accounting for this?  They look fine when I view their original compositions with all their body part layers.




        • 1. Re: What's causing my figures to become pixelated?
          Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          The first thing to check is the scale of the layers. It should not be over 100%. The next thing to check is the Zoom Factor for your composition window. It should also not be over 100%. If you set the Zoom Factor - The farthest box on the bottom right of the Composition Panel, to something like 400% then one pixel becomes 16 on the screen and things look blocky. There is no work around and they won't render that way anyway. The last thing to check is the resolution of your composition viewer. I always have mine set to Auto so that it's full resolution when I am viewing at 100% or half when the zoom factor is 50%. The last thing that could be happening is that you have the layer set to Draft mode in the timeline.


          If none of those things fix your problem then report back and give us some more specific details.


          BTW, if your stick figures are single pixel wide lines they are going to look terrible when animated because single pixel wide lines cannot be accurately interpreted unless they precisely line up with the pixel grid and that's nearly impossible to do.

          • 2. Re: What's causing my figures to become pixelated?
            Todd_Kopriva Level 8

            Show screenshots that include the entire Composition panel.

            • 3. Re: What's causing my figures to become pixelated?
              dishjunk Level 1

              Thanks for the reply--not at my workspace at the moment, but I will check the Draft mode.


              I didn't mention that my figures (they're more like public bathroom style figures), are pre-composed together.  When I copied and pasted the figures back into the main composition, they were clear again.