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Israel Long
Need to convert Shape Layer to outlines?
on Sep 11, 2012 at 6:32:13 pm

Anyone know if this is possible?
Maybe a script?
I need to convert a few Shape Layers to outlines/masks for use in Element3D.

I created the Shape Layers in the normal fashion:
-drew a random closed bezier path on a shape layer
-used the shape layer tools to make it far more complex & cool

Now I would like to convert this new shape to outlines or a mask.
(Similar to Illustrator's "Object > Expand" function)

Any help appreciated:)

Israel "Izzy" Long
Motion and Title Animation
ragecg.com


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Tom Daigon
Re: Need to convert Shape Layer to outlines?
on Sep 11, 2012 at 6:54:19 pm

Heres a shot, how about using Autotrace on the shape layer to create a mask?

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Need to convert Shape Layer to outlines?
on Sep 11, 2012 at 7:01:53 pm

Copy the Path property itself from the shape and then paste into the Mask Path property of a mask.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Israel Long
Re: Need to convert Shape Layer to outlines?
on Sep 11, 2012 at 8:29:10 pm

Thanks Tom & Dave, very much:)

And please lemme know if I'm doing any of this incorrectly:)

Tom: Sadly, I tried Autotrace, and as it derives it's result from the rasterized rgba information of a layer, much like Illustrator does, the result is not as clean as I need:(

Dave: Sadly, since a shape layer is Parametric and not Bezier, there is apparently no copyable path property... unless I missed it?
Please let me know if I did:)
See image:


Thanks again.

Israel "Izzy" Long
Motion and Title Animation
ragecg.com


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Need to convert Shape Layer to outlines?
on Sep 11, 2012 at 8:57:22 pm

"...drew a random closed bezier path on a shape layer"...

So why can't you use that?

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Israel Long
Re: Need to convert Shape Layer to outlines?
on Sep 11, 2012 at 9:29:55 pm

Because if you look at the image I attached to the last post, once you adjust the parameters of the shape layer options, the shape becomes far more complex than a simple primitive shape, etc.

For example, you can draw a single simple ellipse, then adjust it to look like a ring of random, offset dash shapes of different sizes and legths etc., like this:


So, sadly, there is no "expanded" information to copy-paste:(

However, please keep those ideas coming:)

Israel "Izzy" Long
Motion and Title Animation
ragecg.com


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