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Mike Abbott
Double clicking for layer sized mask not working...
on Dec 10, 2013 at 7:03:19 pm

All of a sudden I've realised that double clicking a mask tool for a type layer isn't giving me a 'layer sized' mask. I get a comp sized mask. It's the same in CS6 or CC.

Works fine for a small solid etc.

have I missed something, or... what?


Mike


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Todd Kopriva
Re: Double clicking for layer sized mask not working...
on Dec 11, 2013 at 12:34:07 am

Leading question: What do you think a "layer-sized" mask would be for a text layer?

Text layers don't have a set size in the same way that, say, a solid does. Same goes for a shape layer. They can be though of as having a size defined by their bounding boxes, but that can obviously change from one frame to the next.

So, the thing that you're trying to do works as you would expect for layers based on footage, but not for continuously rasterized layers that have no source and no pre-defined size.

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Mike Abbott
Re: Double clicking for layer sized mask not working...
on Dec 11, 2013 at 12:49:25 am

...it's been a long day. The penny has dropped.
I was sure i'd done this before - but it must have been a non-live text image.


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Mike Abbott
Re: Double clicking for layer sized mask not working...
on Dec 11, 2013 at 5:59:53 pm

Todd,
Thanks for the response.

I understand where you're coming from...

But couldn't AE create a type layer sized mask - at the bounding box size of the type at the current frame when the mask is created?

Mike


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Todd Kopriva
Re: Double clicking for layer sized mask not working...
on Dec 11, 2013 at 6:04:28 pm

My intent was not to say what After Effects should or shouldn't do but to explain why it currently does what it does.

You can submit feature requests here:
http://adobe.ly/feature_request

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