Can't select individual mask points [AE CC 2019]

Community Beginner ,
Jun 27, 2019 Jun 27, 2019

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Hi!

I have this "issue" since some time and I don't know if it's my mistake or a software thing. I made a quick video to demonstrate you, that I can not select individual mask points, to move them around. It's not always like that, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I already googled almost everything and tried so many shortcuts. Can anybody help me out here?

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Adobe Community Professional , Jun 27, 2019 Jun 27, 2019

i see you already use some expression on the mask path so try to stop this expression and check if you can move the point, some expression can block the normal use of some feature in after effects and this is normal,

to stop the expression click on the (=) button

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 27, 2019 Jun 27, 2019

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There's nothing wrong with AE you are just using the wrong tool. The direct selection tool (v) is the wrong tool to select mask points and edit them.

Try selecting the path in the timeline, then switch to the Pen tool (g) and hold down the Ctrl/Cmnd key as you move over the various parts of the path. You should be able to see the cursor change. You should also be able to click and drag around one or more mask points to select them and move them. Here is a tutorial I did a few a long time ago. It should get you started.

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Jun 27, 2019 Jun 27, 2019

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Thank you for the quick response! It's still not working. I selected the pen tool and hold ctrl/cmd. It changes the cursor, but I am still not able to select the mask points.

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Jun 27, 2019 Jun 27, 2019

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Instead of clicking, have you tried to create an area around the point you want to modify (with the selection tool)? I thinks as Rick says, that there is nothing wrong with the way the mask tool is working.

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Try this one

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 27, 2019 Jun 27, 2019

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It's already a step forward, because now it's selecting the individual mask point, but I can not move it.

Edit: I tried also the method of Rick using the Pen Tool and holding Ctrl/Cmd. Did not work either.

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i see you already use some expression on the mask path so try to stop this expression and check if you can move the point, some expression can block the normal use of some feature in after effects and this is normal,

to stop the expression click on the (=) button

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Thanks mate!

Never would have thought, that expressions can block the functions.

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Jul 19, 2022 Jul 19, 2022

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I have a Same problem, but there is no expression going on. I can't select an individual anchor point from the mask.

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