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Rod Duarte
Using Illustrator paths as mask
on Nov 10, 2016 at 3:46:56 pm

Ok this should be simple but for the life of me, I can't figure it out.

I've looked around for explanations on doing this, and all of them refer to a "Path" property of the mask but there is no such thing!!

The exact thing I'm trying to do is, use the "Saber" plugin from Video Copilot, with vector paths from Illustrator as the customized core.
So when I add the Saber effect to a solid layer, I can draw a shape as a mask for it, but when I try to paste something into this mask layer, it just won't work.
I'm sure I'm missing something simple here...


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Using Illustrator paths as mask
on Nov 10, 2016 at 5:00:31 pm

In order to use an Illustrator path on a solid, the solid first needs to have a mask. Any kind of mask will do. Make a Mask Path Keyframe. Then paste the Illustrator path into the keyframe.

It probably won't look right -- the Illustrator path is a vector, and the solid is bitmapped -- it calculates the mask path according to the dimensions of the solid. If you can, you should look into putting the Illustrator path into a Shape layer.

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


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Rod Duarte
Re: Using Illustrator paths as mask
on Nov 10, 2016 at 6:38:49 pm

I already have it in a shape layer.

Hmmm the keyframe thing... lemme try that.


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Rod Duarte
Re: Using Illustrator paths as mask
on Nov 10, 2016 at 7:35:14 pm

YUP!

All I have to do is create a new mask in the layer, and paste whatever paths I want inside it. Awesome. Thank you!


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Using Illustrator paths as mask
on Nov 10, 2016 at 10:08:16 pm

Cool! I haven't used that trick in years. Glad it still works!

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


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