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William Wolfman
Converting Layers
on Nov 17, 2019 at 1:03:59 am

I am Interested in learning (if it's possible) to change the type of layer (shape/adjustment/text/solid) into another type?

So, example... You have a shape layer and want to convert it into a solid.

Is this possible? Thanks.


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Eric Santiago
Re: Converting Layers
on Nov 17, 2019 at 2:29:52 am

Not sure what you mean can you clarify as to why you want to change it to a Solid?
A solid is basically a null object with the ability to take fill color and mask.
It has pixel size for sizing.


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William Wolfman
Re: Converting Layers
on Nov 17, 2019 at 4:08:36 am

It would be in the case for converting shape layers into solids for the purpose of masking the shape. AE has this behavior where creating shape layers won't allow you to apply a mask over it. Pre-composing will solve it but their isn't a solution for making the shape layer respond to masks.

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Mervin James
Re: Converting Layers
on Nov 17, 2019 at 6:13:44 am

I'm not sure what version you have but I've used AE from 2015 up to 2019 and Ive always been able to mask shapes. You just need to turn it on...
see screenshot below.



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William Wolfman
Re: Converting Layers
on Nov 17, 2019 at 6:19:24 am

ok, this answered the question. thank you for your help.

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Mervin James
Re: Converting Layers
on Nov 17, 2019 at 6:42:13 am

Happy to help 👍


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John Williams
Re: Converting Layers
on Nov 19, 2019 at 10:40:22 am

Hi William, are you aware you can actually add masks to Shape Layers?

When you create a shape layer after effects defaults the Pen and Rectangle tools to create more shapes within the layer but to the right of the main tool bar, when you have the pen or rectangle tool selected you can choose 'Tool Cretes Shape' or 'Tool Creates Masks.'

From what it sounds like, this is all you need to do.

However, if you still need the Shape converted to a Solid for some other reason then select the shape and go:
Layer / Auto-Trace, this will create a Solid layer that uses a Mask to recreate the Shape layers shape.

Hope that helps.

John Williams

Soho Editors


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