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Eric Chard
"Inverting" a Shape Layer
on Dec 5, 2019 at 12:36:13 am

Shape Layers have a kind of implicit "mask" in that they are closed vector shapes, like a closed mask spline.

Is there a way to invert this implicit shape? In the same fashion one would invert a mask?

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Julien Schickel
Re: "Inverting" a Shape Layer
on Dec 5, 2019 at 12:59:21 am

I'm not sure of what you mean by invert? You want the shape to be a hole? If that's that, you only have to create a solid (being your composition size), place it under your shape and use the track matte menu of your solid, with alpha.

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Max Haller
Re: "Inverting" a Shape Layer
on Dec 5, 2019 at 7:54:52 pm

Julien is right if you do it with a solid layer under the shape layer. You can also do it all in the shape layer by essentially doing the same thing except instead of making a solid layer, you make another shape path and use the merge paths with the mode set to subtract.


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