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Ed Romero
Custom layer shape properties transfer to mask
on Apr 28, 2012 at 11:50:44 pm

How can I add the shape properties to a mask on a solid? I'd like an identical shape as a mask instead of a shape layer.

Best way to do this?

Thanks.


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John Cuevas
Re: Custom layer shape properties transfer to mask
on Apr 29, 2012 at 3:39:24 am

Select the shape layer, then on the menu bar Layer -> Auto-trace.

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John Cuevas
Re: Custom layer shape properties transfer to mask
on Apr 29, 2012 at 4:24:07 am

Also, if you just need your shape layer to be a mask, you could just put it above the layer you want to mask and change the bottom layers track matte to alpha matte.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
Thinkck.com

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---THOMAS EDISON on inventing the light bulb.


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Ed Romero
Re: Custom layer shape properties transfer to mask
on Apr 29, 2012 at 10:20:34 pm

Thank you!

I had tried a track matte but it wasn't working.
When you suggested track matte, I tried again and found I couldn't see the contents inside the shape layer because the gradient fill was low. Raised gradient fill to 100% and it worked great. :)

Auto trace is also a good solution. Of course there is much more control with the shape layer and track matte.


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