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When a Path is not a Path
When a Path is not a Path
by Peter Jones on Nov 2, 2017 at 5:15:10 pm


When I create a path in a solid layer the short cut 'm' opens 'path' I can then add a keyframe.

When I create a shape from a vector layer i would expect to use the short cut 'm' to reveal the path or paths. Unfortunately, these paths are within 'contents/group', so the 'm' shortcut doesn't work!

This means you have to use the mouse to open 'contents', 'group', 'path' in order to then add a keyframe or paste a keyframe.

It would be great if there was an option to CREATE SHAPE FROM VECTOR LAYER WITH KEYFRAME then we could use layer shortcut 'u' to open the path we want to animate.

Sticking to this protocol would be clever; especially if you have 256 shape layers like my composition!

thanks - PJ

senior editor

Re: When a Path is not a Path
by Walter Soyka on Nov 2, 2017 at 6:15:45 pm

You could tap the U key twice (UU instead of just U) to reveal all properties of the selected layers that have been modified from their defaults. This should show you all your paths.

Here's the place to submit feature requests:

Walter Soyka
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Re: When a Path is not a Path
by Peter Jones on Nov 2, 2017 at 6:26:50 pm

Thanks Walter,

Yes, that helps.

👍 Pete

senior editor