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Can't select straight shape layer lines in viewer/composition window

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 28, 2022 Sep 28, 2022

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In the viewer window in after effects: I can't select shape layers that are straight lines. They can be diagonal, they can be square, but I cant select them in the viewer window if they are are a straight line. I've tried it on two other computers, and it's the same result. I've tried centering the anchor point. This makes it time consuming and difficult to animate certain scenes from illustrator.

Example: http://i.imgur.com/wjE7ePm.gif
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LEGEND ,
Sep 28, 2022 Sep 28, 2022

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Was told to put this here from reddit. This is an old bug thats been around for years. Basically, when one makes a vertical or horizontal line using the pen tool while holding down the shift key, it is unable to be selected like a regular layer in the comp. The workaround to this is to make a diagonal line and rotate it to where you want-- but this is a pain in the butt to do and also if you, say for example, try to scale the width, it acts funky because it is still technically a diagonal line thats just been rotated.

I made a video to show what I mean. I started by making the diagonal line for reference on how the horizontal & vertical lines SHOULD work. Hopefully this illustrates the exact issue. To be clear- each line is it's own seperate shape layer, & each line was made by holding down shift.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-6eMZnuIBoQiHz12NV9kD3UAya0vmCTJ

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Adobe Employee ,
Sep 28, 2022 Sep 28, 2022

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Thank you for posting! We'll look into this.

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LEGEND ,
Sep 28, 2022 Sep 28, 2022

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I second this - demonstration here:
https://vimeo.com/259015896
Thanks, looking forward to a fix

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LEGEND ,
Sep 28, 2022 Sep 28, 2022

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If you create a shape layer in Ae that is a straight line with no curve, or you create shapes from an Ai file (such as with Explode Shape Layers Plugin) the only way you can select those layers are by clicking the layer in the timeline panel and not in the composition window.

This error only happens with 1pt strokes that are in straight lines. If the shape layer has a fill or 1 point that is curved then it can be selected in the composition window.

This is often a nuisance when using the ESL plugin and creating shape layers from vector that is a few dozen layers which I do for basically every client project.

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LEGEND ,
Sep 28, 2022 Sep 28, 2022

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New Here ,
Sep 28, 2022 Sep 28, 2022

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Pleas fix this as soon as you can. I have this problem also!

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Enthusiast ,
Sep 28, 2022 Sep 28, 2022

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I just ran into this issue myself today. Pretty annoying bug.

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LEGEND ,
Sep 28, 2022 Sep 28, 2022

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it makes me growled

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LEGEND ,
Sep 28, 2022 Sep 28, 2022

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AE CC 2019 have serious bug with selection tool.
When shape layer with straight line (horizontal o vertical) is added it can not be selected or moved with selection tool once deselected after first creation.
Straight lines are looks broken in other cases too. Take a look at the video - there are some strange do attached to the shape layer with line (layer 2 on screencast). You can not select layer by clicking on the line, but you can if point is selected. You can drag this point, but line will disappeared.

This does not happens for other shapes.

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LEGEND ,
Sep 28, 2022 Sep 28, 2022

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This bug has been in After Effects since CC 2016.

It is extreme frustrating that this issue still has not be resolved, nor has an Adode developer or support commented on this issue.

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LEGEND ,
Sep 28, 2022 Sep 28, 2022

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Just wanted to chime in that I've been having this problem too for about a year, its been more of a problem of late with having to animate more straight 2 point lines.

When dealing with more complex scenes from designers with these elements it's a big hurdle to deal with, often having to forgo any selections in the preview panel and having to handle all layer selections in the layer panel.

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New Here ,
Sep 28, 2022 Sep 28, 2022

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You have to only select the toggle mask and path visibility option below the composition.

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