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David HonanAfter effects ellipse tool cannot resize
by on Dec 10, 2014 at 6:50:23 pm

Hi from pitch black degree too windy York UK!

This screen grab illustrates my problem

but here goes...

In after effects CC I want to draw is an a mask using the ellipse tool but I want to change its size after Ive released the shift (On a mac) and drag with my mouse. Thing is I am trying to trace a circle on a logo. But as soon as i let go I cant re size the circle. Its driving me crazy! Yes I can get those benzier curve handles which allows me to squish or expand one side of the circle but how can you get the whole circle to go bigger and smaller?

This is truly driving me crazy!

Any help much appreciated,

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Dave LaRondeRe: After effects ellipse tool cannot resize
by on Dec 10, 2014 at 8:22:02 pm

Sure, you can re-size a mask.

Double-click on the mask path to bring up the Free Transform -- a box around the mask, with handles. Shift-drag a corner handle to scale up & down while maintaining the same aspect ratio, and cmd-shift drag (Mac) to scale, maintain aspect ratio and maintain current center point.

Left-right-up-down cursor controls move the box 1 pixel. You can even rotate the mask.

Free Transform -- very handy. Look it up in AE Help for more.

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

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David HonanRe: After effects ellipse tool cannot resize
by on Dec 11, 2014 at 1:19:57 pm

Thanks Dave!

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