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Ryan Hayward
Trying to mask inside shape layer without sucess
on Aug 21, 2013 at 5:00:39 pm

I've been searching for an answer to this and I can't find it anywhere so hopefully someone can help.

I'm using CS5 and I'm trying to use a mask on a shape layer. The shape layer consists of a stroke using the trim paths (i'm animating a line that I want to go behind something) Here are the things I've tried:

1 creating a mask in the layer the bounding box for the mask can't be seen and doesn't mask anything out.

2. creating the mask I want in a solid and copying and pasting the "path" property from the solid mask to the shape mask. - again nothing seems to happen

3. I've tried using "merge layers" in conjunction with an ellipse tool, set to booth intersect and subtract. When I do this I place it underneath the "shape" and "ellipse" and the entire stroke disappears. As soon as I uncheck merge layers it returns.


What am I missing, is there an easy way to mask the shape layer?

Thanks!


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Bryan Colvin
Re: Trying to mask inside shape layer without sucess
on Aug 21, 2013 at 5:24:35 pm

i know it may make it hard to work with but, precompose?

idk if that feature is in CS5, but you can also put it in its own composition yourself and then drag the composition in.

you can mask that anyway you want


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Ryan Hayward
Re: Trying to mask inside shape layer without sucess
on Aug 21, 2013 at 8:38:07 pm

For what I'm doing that works! So that's what I will do for now, but I feel like it should be possible to mask a shape layer...

Anyway thank you for the suggestion!


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Ridley Walker
Re: Trying to mask inside shape layer without sucess
on Aug 21, 2013 at 11:59:42 pm

Select the shape layer, choose a masking tool, click the "Tool Creates Mask" option, good to go.




Here is an example:

6437_maskedshapelayer.aep.zip


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Juan Huarte
Re: Trying to mask inside shape layer without sucess
on Aug 19, 2015 at 2:22:46 am

you are a hero


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Sherman Sreedhar
Re: Trying to mask inside shape layer without sucess
on Nov 5, 2015 at 10:41:44 pm

Life saver!


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Darby Edelen
Re: Trying to mask inside shape layer without sucess
on Aug 22, 2013 at 5:02:37 am

Generally I'd recommend using an Alpha Track Matte.

You could alternatively use a masked solid or shape layer with the continuously rasterize switch on as a matte with the Set Matte effect.

Darby Edelen


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