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James Wilson
Pen tool won't draw a mask
on Feb 19, 2013 at 12:25:49 am

Hey,

Have tried searching but couldn't find the answer to this.
Whenever I try to use the Pen tool to draw a Mask, by selecting a layer and then selecting the Pen tool, it just starts drawing a shape on a new layer, instead of a mask on the layer selected.

Have I accidentally pressed something to cause this, and how do I fix it?

Kind Regards
James


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Pen tool won't draw a mask
on Feb 19, 2013 at 1:06:40 am

It's not immediately obvious, and can get confusing - here's the rundown on it from Adobe:

http://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/using/creating-shapes-masks.html#creat...

Joe Bourke
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Todd Kopriva
Re: Pen tool won't draw a mask
on Feb 19, 2013 at 4:05:00 am

You're sure that you have a layer selected?

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Vishesh Arora
Re: Pen tool won't draw a mask
on Feb 19, 2013 at 9:58:16 am

A screenshot of Composition Panel and Timeline depicting your problem would help. As there should not be any problem if you have the Layer selected in Timeline.
Try this :
1. Make a new solid Layer.
2. Select the solid layer in TimeLine.
3. Select the Pen Tool from Tools Panel and then Draw a shape.

Check whether the same problem occurs or not.

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