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FAQ: How to fix After Effects error: could not parse mask shape on clipboard

Adobe Employee ,
Jul 19, 2022 Jul 19, 2022

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It could be frustrating if you ever run into the "Could not parse mask shape on clipboard" error in After Effects.                                     

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Why do I see this error?

You may see this error if your clipboard contains something that After Effects can't analyze. Users often report that they see this error message after using Illustrator. It could be a raster image, a complex shape, path, or link from Illustrator or any other application.

 

Solution:

Our community recommends the following solutions:

  1. If you are working side by side in Illustrator and After Effects, copy a simple shape in Illustrator. If you are not using Illustrator, copy text from your browser or any other application. That will replace the data on the clipboard with the text you copied.
  2. Restart your computer to clear the clipboard.
  3. If the solutions above don't help, reset the After Effects preferences.
  4. If nothing else works, reinstall After Effects and Illustrator but don't import preferences from previous versions.
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Community Beginner ,
Dec 11, 2022 Dec 11, 2022

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I copied a url from the browser.  That worked fine.

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Adobe Employee ,
Dec 12, 2022 Dec 12, 2022

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Glad to hear that, @F9.

Thanks for taking the time to write.

 

Best,

Nishu

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 18, 2022 Dec 18, 2022

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You genius !

 

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Nov 17, 2023 Nov 17, 2023

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This was helpful – Thanks

 

 

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Dec 18, 2022 Dec 18, 2022

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Genius !

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New Here ,
Sep 01, 2023 Sep 01, 2023

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Thank you, i just copy one shape in Illustrator and vuala

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 27, 2023 Sep 27, 2023

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This has to be the most annoying issue. I downloaded a vector from Adobe Stock, and when just moving things around by copy and paste to separate some stuff, Illustrator crashes with that error.

 

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Mar 27, 2024 Mar 27, 2024

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Obrigado!

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