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Adam forbes
creating outlines
on Mar 5, 2008 at 11:25:30 pm

When I create a text layer, and then I click It creates a shape layer instead of a mask layer. In Aharon's tutorials it always creates a mask layer, I specifically want a mask layer so I can use the scribble effect.

Any solutions?


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Jack Watts
Re: creating outlines
on Mar 6, 2008 at 1:53:29 am

I dont mean to insult in any way but make sure you have "selected" your text layer. If you dont then After effect will automatically assume that you want to create a new shape layer and fill it with the default colour in my case red. Look at that tutorial again carefully and you will see that the text layer is highlighted. I recommend that if you are following along with tutorials dont just confine your eyes to the mouse pointer but try to absorb the entire UI as a whole ie layers,settings,Tools etc. I for example always overlook the simple things in my comp and then am left kicking myself hours later when i out figure out what my mistakes were!



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adam Forbes
Re: creating outlines
on Mar 6, 2008 at 2:22:08 am

Yes i've made sure it's selected, if it wasn't selected then it wouldn't give me the option to create outlines,

any other ideas?



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Frank Feijen
Re: creating outlines
on Mar 6, 2008 at 9:33:56 am

I'm with you Adam.
Since CS3 the behaviour of creating outlines has changed.
In previous versions, you would get a solid layer with masks, now you get a shape layer.

I also hope that somebody knows the answer/trick/setting, cause right now i have to autotrace my textlayers to get the desired effect (and autotracing does give a somewhat different result).



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Jason Milligan
Re: creating outlines
on Mar 7, 2008 at 1:11:15 am

I found this on the Adobe website:

"The Create Outlines menu command in versions of After Effects previous to After Effects CS3 created masks on a solid layer instead of creating shapes. To achieve the same result in After Effects CS3, you can run a script to convert the shapes created by the Create Outlines command to masks on a solid layer. The script is available on Jeff Almasol’s website: http://www.adobe.com/go/learn_ae_jeffshapestomasks."




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Jason Milligan
Re: creating outlines
on Mar 7, 2008 at 1:12:45 am

working link:

http://www.adobe.com/go/learn_ae_jeffshapestomasks




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