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tad newberry
Shift key not working to constrain aspect ratios when resizing..
on Mar 5, 2014 at 2:21:01 am

That's it. The whole problem. Any ideas?

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John Cuevas
Re: Shift key not working to constrain aspect ratios when resizing..
on Mar 5, 2014 at 4:44:17 am

What are you trying to change, and by chance did you unlock the constrain scale parameter?

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tad newberry
Re: Shift key not working to constrain aspect ratios when resizing..
on Mar 5, 2014 at 5:08:55 am

Trying to scale objects/images...and where is the constrain parameter? i realize there is one for each object, but is there a global one that will allow the shift key to work?

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John Cuevas
Re: Shift key not working to constrain aspect ratios when resizing..
on Mar 5, 2014 at 12:47:36 pm

If you hit "S" to reveal the scale properties, there will be a chain linking the two properties(constraining them). I just tested it though, you can have them unlinked and still use the shift key to scale proportionally.

This is how I "shift" scale. Create a new comp & new solid "cntl+y" and click on the solid. You should see 9 handles placed around the edge of the solid. Grab one of the handles by left clicking it and start dragging, now press the shift key.

See if that works for you.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
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tad newberry
Re: Shift key not working to constrain aspect ratios when resizing..
on Mar 5, 2014 at 4:02:17 pm

Ah, yes...the key was that you click the object first, THEN click the shift key. I was used to doing it the other way around. Interesting though: if you have changed the proportions from the original, and you LIKE the new proportions but you simply want to then alter the scale (keeping the same NEW proportions), clicking the shift key will jump it back to its original proportions. A little frustrating, but not a huge deal. Thanks a bunch for taking the time to show me this. It will help a lot.

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John Cuevas
Re: Shift key not working to constrain aspect ratios when resizing..
on Mar 5, 2014 at 4:19:30 pm

As to your new proportions thing. Couple of ways to work with that, one you could work with the scale numerically. Even if you unlocked the scale, and have an x=20% and y=50%, you can re-lock the scale, click and drag one of the scale numbers and the object will scale proportionally.

Another way would be to make a null object and parent(shift + F4 to reveal parent properties) what you want to scale to the null, then just grab the null handles and scale from there. One gotcha with that method is you will be scaling around the anchor point of the null, not the object--can cause some issues with position and such.

And happy learning with AE---lot of great people here at The Cow that will be willing to help you out if you get stuck.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
Thinkck.com

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