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Eric Chard
Shape Layers: drawing a series of unconnected lines, quickly
on Jul 23, 2013 at 9:40:30 pm

I have this same/similar issue w/Photoshop:

When you want a series of unconnected lines in a Shape Layer, is there a control key or something you can hold down to indicate that you do NOT want PShop/AE to connect the lines as you make them?

In Photoshop I resort to clicking off in the wilderness somewhere, that seems to communicate that workflow, but I'm thinking there might be a better way?

Thanks.

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Eric Chard
Re: Shape Layers: drawing a series of unconnected lines, quickly
on Jul 23, 2013 at 9:51:11 pm

And before someone says "use the Brush Tool", I'm trying to draw guidelines below another layer, and so I don't want to have to work in a Layer Panel, because I need to see portions of the other layer.

(Feature request: allow the various tools that currently need to be applied in a Layer panel to work within a comp panel-- modes are OK.)

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Shape Layers: drawing a series of unconnected lines, quickly
on Jul 24, 2013 at 12:02:12 am

Are you talking about something like a strokearound the outside that's a dashed line? You can do that in the layer's stroke controls.

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Eric Chard
Re: Shape Layers: drawing a series of unconnected lines, quickly
on Jul 24, 2013 at 1:56:29 am

No, not a broken outline. Just a bunch of unconnected lines, using Shape Layers.

One CAN do it, but getting the Pen Tool to NOT make connected lines/polys is the sticking point here. Currently it's so awkward I'm assuming I'm doing it wrong.

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Chris Summerfield
Re: Shape Layers: drawing a series of unconnected lines, quickly
on Aug 15, 2014 at 11:43:21 am

This is exactly what I'm trying to do right now... create a series or bunch of unconnected straight lines in a shape layer in AE CC... and experiencing the same frustration. So far, the only solution I see is to put every line in a separate shape layer. Gotta be a better way.

Chris Summerfield


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