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Aqeel Samishape layer path left right buttons
by on Mar 26, 2010 at 12:26:20 pm

i don't know how to use those two buttons with left and right arrow next to path property in shape layer ? can you tell me how to use them


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Michael SzalapskiRe: shape layer path left right buttons
by on Mar 26, 2010 at 2:05:15 pm

Do you mean the ones that say "Reverse Path Direction" when you hover your mouse over them? This button?

Read about it here under fill rules for shapes. It explains it at the bottom.

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Joey ForemanRe: shape layer path left right buttons
by on Mar 26, 2010 at 2:37:44 pm

I've only seen a use for this in combination with the Trim Paths shape effect.
Say you have a shape that is stroked, but not filled, and you want to animate the stroke being drawn on. You can do this with Trim Paths.
When you turn on Reverse Path Direction, the stroke is drawn on in the opposite direction, from the 1st vertex.
Trim Paths does work with fill, but it's pretty strange looking on a complex shape. It would look pretty nice on, say, an animated pie chart, or a radar screen type thingy.


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