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Chapter 14. 3D Layers > Using 3D Position

Using 3D Position

For 3D layers, position is expressed as a three-dimensional property, with values for X, Y, and Z coordinates along the world axes. As with 2D position, 3D position corresponds to a layer's anchor point.

To move a 3D layer in the Comp window:

1.
In the 3D View pull-down menu, select a view.

2.
In Tools, select an axes mode.

3.
Select a 3D layer, camera, or light.

The selected layer's axes appear. The X axis is red; the Y axis is green; the Z axis is blue. Axes align according to the axes mode you specified.

4.
In the Composition window, position the Selection tool over the axis along which you want to move the layer (Figure 14.12).

Figure 14.12. In the Composition window, position the Selection tool over the axis along which you want to move the layer. The Selection Tool icon should include the axis letter.


The Selection Tool icon includes the letter corresponding to the axis: to move the layer along the X axis; to move the layer along the Y axis; to move the layer along the Z axis.

5.
Drag the layer along the selected axis (Figure 14.13).

Figure 14.13. Drag the layer along the selected axis.


In the layer outline of the Timeline window, the layer's Position property reflects the changes in terms of the world axis coordinate system.


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