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Andy Engelkemierstroke around masked layer?
by on Feb 6, 2012 at 9:05:59 pm

I had to mask a layer and then decided it needed a 1px stroke around it to be consistent with other elements.

I feel like I'm missing a simple tool though.

Here's what I did...was there an easier way?:

make a few points with pen
AltClick on Shape for pen and drag to mask shape
Another expression connecting scale of layer
Another expression for connecting position of layer

Is that the fastest way to do something so simple?
Bleh. I thought maybe I was just getting an end of day brain fart.

Let me know if you think of a better way.


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Brian CharlesRe: stroke around masked layer?
by on Feb 6, 2012 at 10:14:47 pm

Maybe I don't understand what you want but .. any reason not to use the Stroke Effect?



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Andrew SomersRe: stroke around masked layer?
by on Feb 6, 2012 at 11:25:41 pm

What version are you using?

Select the layer, then go under the LAYER menu to LAYER STYLES, and select STROKE




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Andy EngelkemierRe: stroke around masked layer?
by on Feb 8, 2012 at 12:12:36 pm

Oh my goodness, how long have Those been there without me knowing?

So glad I asked that question now. For the same thing, if I had to mask something and needed a shadow or something like that I was precomposing that layer first, then adding an effect.

Thank you!

edit:
I was hoping it was Slightly better than Photoshop, but it looks like it's a straight tie over to Photoshop. You can't reorder layers styles. Bummer. Too many times, in photoshop, I wanted to reorder, and even duplicate, a layer style.


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Andrew SomersRe: stroke around masked layer?
by on Feb 10, 2012 at 10:41:03 pm

As I recall it was added in AE CS3.

Yes, it has more than a few "quirks" especially STROKE - if you want real control, then the traditional methods like solid/mask/precomp etc. may work better, but for the down and dirty stuff (and in particular temp work), it's nice to have.

Inner/Outer glow I find most useful.


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