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Ron Vrij
Continue pen tool path from last Vertex?
on Aug 5, 2012 at 3:37:26 pm

I want to make an handwriting animation and used the pen tool to make a mask for all the letters in the sentence. When I thought I was done I noticed I missed a spot and now I don't seem to be able to continue from the last vertex and continue my path. Instead a new mask is created with a new starting point. So my question is: How can I edit the existing mask and continue the path from the last Vertex?

- Mac OSX, After Effects CS4

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Vishesh Arora
Re: Continue pen tool path from last Vertex?
on Aug 5, 2012 at 4:27:34 pm

Let me tell you how to do that. Follow the steps :
1. Select your mask.
2. Look on it attentively. You will notice that you "First" vertex has a "Big" round shape around it and the "Last" vertex has just a yellow spot.
3. Press "Cmnd or Cntrl" key and select your last vertex.
4. Now you can complete your shape from where you have left.
5. You can also "Add" a point between of your shape by just simply clicking on it.

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Ron Vrij
Re: Continue pen tool path from last Vertex?
on Aug 5, 2012 at 6:45:18 pm

Thanx you've just made my day:)

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Andy Engelkemier
Re: Continue pen tool path from last Vertex?
on Sep 3, 2019 at 7:35:40 pm

Haha, I feel like a moron. Thank you. How have I been using AE for so many years without ever having this come up!?!?

Although, it does look like they changed it a bit. You don't select control or command anymore. It auto switches to the select tool. Holding Ctrl is now the subtract pen.
Still, same thing. I kept trying to just select the path.

In my case it was more confusing as well because I have 2 shapes on my object. I have one path attached to the other with an expression so that they are the same. I'm using two different trim paths, so that's why I couldn't create this effect with only one shape. And when you have 2 shapes that are the same path, you can't see which part of the path is selected.
I think that's kind of a bug, but isn't concerning enough for me to yell into the empty void that is adobe user voice.

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