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Philip ColeDrawing shapes with shape tool - Change start point
by on Jul 23, 2016 at 7:22:36 pm

Hi there folks!

Reeeeally simple thing that is driving me mad!

When I try to draw a mask or a shape in AE (or illustrator for that matter) it always starts at a corner and drags out. Now this is fine for a rectangle but when draw an ellipse it would be so much better if it start drawing from the point I clicked my mouse and centered the shape on that point.

An example of the behaviour I want would be here:





See how he clicks and drags and the circle is centred on his initial point? How do I get my AE to do that?!

Please help!


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Dave LaRondeRe: Drawing shapes with shape tool - Change start point
by on Jul 24, 2016 at 12:26:27 am

Ellipse tool. Cmd (ctl win)-alt-drag. Or is it ctl instead of alt? I forget. Check it out.

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


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Philip ColeRe: Drawing shapes with shape tool - Change start point
by on Jul 26, 2016 at 8:32:07 am

Hi Dave,

Thank you so much! I knew it would be a simple shortcut somewhere! :D


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