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Dylan Hargreaves
creating a hexagon mask - surely can't be that difficult??
on Sep 5, 2011 at 8:26:27 pm

Hi all.

When all else fails ask the CoW, and I can't believe it's come to this on this occasion...

I want to create a circular solid with a hexagon shape cut out of it so...

Step 1: Create solid circle

Step 2: Create polygon mask - defaults to pentagon

Step 3: Change pentagon to hexagon.... How exactly???

I've ended up creating the hex in Illustrator and copying it into AE and away I go, but I can't believe there's no simple way to do it straight in AE!

Somebody put me right, please...


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Todd Kopriva
Re: creating a hexagon mask - surely can't be that difficult??
on Sep 5, 2011 at 9:03:32 pm

See this.

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Dylan Hargreaves
Re: creating a hexagon mask - surely can't be that difficult??
on Sep 6, 2011 at 8:11:47 pm

That was my starting point, thanks Todd. I dunno whether it's cos I'm on a mac or what, but none of the arrow keys on my keyboard affect the number of sides on a polygon. Scrolling with mouse wheel simply scales up/down the viewer.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: creating a hexagon mask - surely can't be that difficult??
on Sep 6, 2011 at 8:36:30 pm

Let's make sure you followed instructions to the letter: you tried to use the arrow keys BEFORE you released the mouse button to make the polygon, correct?

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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