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Can't find fill and stroke

Participant ,
Mar 17, 2018 Mar 17, 2018

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Hi, I'm an absolute beginner with AE so I apologize if this is a silly question, I don't find these items as showed in the screenshot. I tried clicking on some panel in the window menu but I didn't find them.

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 17, 2018 Mar 17, 2018
You have a solid selected in the layer panel.  Deselect that layer.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 17, 2018 Mar 17, 2018

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Those are contextual tool options that only appear with shape layers. You have to select the shape tool first. I would suggest you bother to at least read up on some basics. Blindly diving into AE is not going to get you anywhere.

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Participant ,
Mar 17, 2018 Mar 17, 2018

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You're right indeed I apologize because I forgot to mention one important thing i.e. contextual tool options don't appears despite I selected the shape tool first.

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New Here ,
Jan 30, 2020 Jan 30, 2020

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I am a decently advanced animator and had to look this up. Not everyone learns every little thing from the start, or sometimes don't ever run into the issue at all. No need to assume they're a beginner. This is a forum for people of all skill levels.

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New Here ,
Sep 17, 2020 Sep 17, 2020

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Good point @jshier. I'm relatively new to Animate/Flash, but I've worked with Illustrator and Photoshop for years. 

Even for me it is a bit confusing since Illustrator's Selection tool allows you to interact with the stroke property, while Animate requires a Shape tool to be selected to interact with the stroke property.

I'd hate to be berated for not knowing this 😞

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Explorer ,
Nov 18, 2020 Nov 18, 2020

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Totally... looks like alpha internet male lost interest in this thread? What's he do that's so advanced btw?

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New Here ,
Apr 23, 2021 Apr 23, 2021

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Exactly. "I would suggest" that the alpha male learn some manners before answering. All his comments have that same sarcastic tone.

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 14, 2020 Apr 14, 2020

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This forum is for Adobe users to learn and also to find help for what sometimes can be the littlest things that even an experienced user can overlook or forget.  People who throw rocks shouln't live in glass houses.

I would bet that you are not someone that knows everything, never hits a snag, never overlooks simple things, or has thoroughly read and digested every nuance of every Adobe program.

Be kind and try to be helpful to others.  Although I have a pretty good command of several of the Adobe programs I have consulted these forums and at times discovered another way of doing something that I had not thought about.

Putting people down is not helpful. 

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Participant ,
Mar 17, 2018 Mar 17, 2018

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I forgot to mention one important thing,  these options don't appears despite I selected the shape tool first.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 17, 2018 Mar 17, 2018

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Show a full screenshot

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Participant ,
Mar 17, 2018 Mar 17, 2018

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Sure, this is my screen, as you can see tool selected, nothing appears.ae2.png

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Mar 17, 2018 Mar 17, 2018

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You have a solid selected in the layer panel.  Deselect that layer.

~Gutterfish

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 17, 2018 Mar 17, 2018

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If you have a non-shape layer selected the shape tools draw masks, not shapes, and the fill and stroke are not available for masks.

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New Here ,
Aug 03, 2020 Aug 03, 2020

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Late to the game but I was having this problem too and found that the reason these otions didn't come up when I selected the shape layer was because I had another tool selected.  I had the Pan Behind Tool selected and it wasn't until I went back to the default tool (arrow) that these otions came up at the top like they're supposed to.

 

Hope this helps someone down the line.

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New Here ,
Jul 10, 2021 Jul 10, 2021

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Hello from 2021,

 

I've revisited this thread a few times with similar issues, but I was still unable to find a solution to my problem until now.

Turns out I just needed to drag the tool bar down a bit!

 

Cheers to all of those diving blindly into After Effects like me and yet somehow still managing to learn something.

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