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Jon Felix
create mask not shape layer
on Jun 9, 2020 at 5:21:37 pm

Been using AE for years and suddenly I cannot create masks. I select a layer with a source picture, and using the pen tool, start to create a freehand mask. Instead it automatically creates a new shape layer. I cannot get it it to create a mask on the layer selected. Same effect if I use the rectangle tool. Been using this for years - am I being really dumb and missing something?!

Thanks

Jon Felix
RAINDOG MOTION PICTURES
Los Angeles


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Eric Santiago
Re: create mask not shape layer
on Jun 9, 2020 at 7:05:02 pm

Trash your prefs?
That is a weird one.


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Alex Barratt
Re: create mask not shape layer
on Jun 9, 2020 at 7:05:28 pm

I'm not sure if this is the real fix, but a way you can work around it is by creating a shape layer first, and then using those tools on that layer.

Layer > New > Shape Layer

And then use Pen/Rectangle Tool.

Cheers,

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Alex T. Barratt
Multimedia Designer


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Mervin James
Re: create mask not shape layer
on Jun 10, 2020 at 4:08:11 pm

Have you made sure that this icon is turned on in the Tools Panel??



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