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Plugin to create masks from shape

Engaged ,
Apr 29, 2023 Apr 29, 2023

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Given creating a mask from a shape is horrible in AE - poor size controls - is there a plugin to create masks from a shape that offers real size control? 

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Community Expert , Apr 29, 2023 Apr 29, 2023

Vector paths take their position information from the layer boundaries. If you scale, rotate, or move a layer with a vector path when you copy and paste the path, it does not inherit the transformations; it will be in its original position before the layer was transformed in some way.

 

There are workarounds to compensate for the change in position, rotation, and scale. I would need to see a specific example of a problem layer to give you the simplest solution. 

 

By far, the easiest way to move

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Vector paths take their position information from the layer boundaries. If you scale, rotate, or move a layer with a vector path when you copy and paste the path, it does not inherit the transformations; it will be in its original position before the layer was transformed in some way.

 

There are workarounds to compensate for the change in position, rotation, and scale. I would need to see a specific example of a problem layer to give you the simplest solution. 

 

By far, the easiest way to move a path from one layer to another is to make a copy of the source layer, reset the Transform properties of the copy, copy the path, apply the path to the new layer, then Shift + Parent the new layer to the original layer. The paths will now line up. 

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May 06, 2023 May 06, 2023

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Thanks, this helps!

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If you just need the transparency you can always use a shape layer as a Track Matte.

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