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Kevin CaminTrying to make a mask but it is a 'shape mask' and doesn't do anything?!?
by on Apr 15, 2015 at 3:36:00 am

I'm not a beginner. I'm a motion designer for a living so this issue is bugging me...

I'm trying to make a routine mask on this Photoshop assets with the pen tool, but it creates a mask that has 'Shape' set for it's Path type. When I make the mask it doesn't do anything and I'm missing the normal 'add' or 'subtract' parametric controls. If I use a shape tool it will make a normal mask. Weird.

Someone please illuminate my situation. Thank you!




Best regards,

Kevin Camin


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adirai majiRe: Trying to make a mask but it is a 'shape mask' and doesn't do anything?!?
by on Apr 15, 2015 at 5:02:08 am



This will help you :) Have a nice day....






~MAJI~


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Kevin CaminRe: Trying to make a mask but it is a 'shape mask' and doesn't do anything?!?
by on Apr 15, 2015 at 3:46:12 pm

Thanks for your reply but I don't get it.

Best regards,

Kevin Camin


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Dave LaRondeRe: Trying to make a mask but it is a 'shape mask' and doesn't do anything?!?
by on Apr 15, 2015 at 5:10:43 pm

double-click on the layer you want to mask. It opens in its own layer window. Mask away.

A shape is a totally different kind of layer in AE. AE assumes you want to make one if you use one of the traditional maksing tools, but don't have a layer highlighted at the very least. I took you one step further, opening the layer window so there can't be any doubt about what you're doing.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Jason JantzenRe: Trying to make a mask but it is a 'shape mask' and doesn't do anything?!?
by on Apr 15, 2015 at 9:04:29 pm

Is it a closed path? If not, that's probably why the Add, Subtract options are missing.

Jason Jantzen
vimeo.com/jasonj


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