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Brandon Little
Selecting Bezier Control Point is Awful in AE
on Mar 13, 2018 at 5:26:22 pm

Ugh...I know this issue has been a problem for a while, but it's driving me bonkers!

Since there is no "direct select" tool like hitting A in Illustrator, After Effects can't sort out what I'm trying to click on with a shape layer. I'm attempting to animate a bunch of bezier lines on shape layers, which you can do, but it's obnoxious. Most of them are finished now, but they've been a nightmare - just moving a couple of points.

I can sometimes click and drag a control point, and other times it categorically refuses to let me click where I want. It selects it as an object and tries to move the entire thing, but actually clicking the control point I want is well nigh impossible at times. There has GOT to be a better way than all this guesswork and clicking around. Drilling down into CONTENTS > SHAPE > PATH sometimes helps, but come on!

/rant

help?


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Brandon Little
Re: Selecting Bezier Control Point is Awful in AE
on Mar 13, 2018 at 5:52:31 pm

FWIW, and to help you people from the FUTURE (future...future...future...echo....)

It's a lot harder to do this if your pen control points line up on the corners of a bounding box. Trying to work around this can be...challenging. It's a little easier if your endpoints don't line up with any of the corners.


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Walter Soyka
Re: Selecting Bezier Control Point is Awful in AE
on Mar 14, 2018 at 2:15:33 pm

Does it help if you manually switch to the Pen tool (G) instead of the Selection tool (V)?

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Brandon Little
Re: Selecting Bezier Control Point is Awful in AE
on Mar 14, 2018 at 2:28:27 pm

Yes, that actually DOES seem to help. Slight risk of accidentally adding new bezier points, so it looks like switching back and forth with the Move tool helps.

Good tip, thanks.


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Richard Garabedain
Re: Selecting Bezier Control Point is Awful in AE
on Mar 14, 2018 at 11:32:33 pm

i was going to suggest the same...but i agree with the topic...animating the camera is a pain at times


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