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Jonathan MairePen tool (mask) becomes Add vertex tool when close to path
by on Jul 15, 2016 at 4:29:06 pm

Hi everyone !

This is my first post here so I hope I do this right lol ! My problem is really maddening. I want to create a mask on a shape layer (which I've done frequently) with the Pen Tool and the "Tool adds Masks" option selected. Whenever I get too close to the path of the shape, the Pen Tool becomes the Add Vertex Tool AND is adding a vertex to the shape (not the mask) !??!?
I've been using this tool frequently to animate i.e. chinese symbols (which can give crampy situations where the mask path does pass close by the shape path) and I've never had this problem before.

Thanks in advance !!

Jo

P.S.: I'm using CC 2015.3 (up-to-date as of today) on a Win10 Pro (64-bit) system.


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Dave LaRondeRe: Pen tool (mask) becomes Add vertex tool when close to path
by on Jul 15, 2016 at 5:23:39 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Jul 15, 2016 at 5:24:43 pm

When you have the pen tool selected, hit the g key on the keyboard. You'll notice that the tool changes, and you'll eventually find the right pen tool variant to make another mask. Also, look at the layer in the timeline and make sure that no other masks are highlighted on the layer.

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


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