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Why don't I see the buttons to set stroke and fill color when using pen tool?

New Here ,
Sep 02, 2017 Sep 02, 2017

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I am new to Adobe After Effects. I saw a video and am trying to duplicate an animation effect they did. However, shortly into the video they select the pen tool, and then a little to the right in the toolbar, you can clearly see options for what I believe are "fill" (or color) and "stroke" before the rotobezier checkbox. (Yes I know, it's in Spanish, apologies.)

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However, in my toolbar when I click the pen, I don't get these same buttons/tools/whatever:

toolbar-2.png

I have tried messing around in menus, looking all over the place, but I cannot seem to figure this out - can anyone help me get those two options into my toolbar?

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Guide , Sep 02, 2017 Sep 02, 2017

You probably have a layer selected in the timeline. When a layer is selected the pen tool defaults to mask mode. Deselect all layers before choosing the pen tool and see if that works.

hope this helps,

Angie Taylor | http://www.creativecabin.co.uk

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Guide ,
Sep 02, 2017 Sep 02, 2017

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You probably have a layer selected in the timeline. When a layer is selected the pen tool defaults to mask mode. Deselect all layers before choosing the pen tool and see if that works.

hope this helps,

Angie Taylor | http://www.creativecabin.co.uk

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Thank you!!!!!

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Guide ,
Sep 03, 2017 Sep 03, 2017

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No problem, happy to help 🙂

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Dec 02, 2020 Dec 02, 2020

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Thank you 😊

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 27, 2021 Feb 27, 2021

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TYVM!

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New Here ,
Feb 23, 2022 Feb 23, 2022

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Thank you.

 

Also how do I deselect a layer?

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New Here ,
Mar 15, 2022 Mar 15, 2022

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F2 to deselect a layer

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Nov 16, 2022 Nov 16, 2022

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A big thank you for answering what should never have been a thing need questioning. #adobethings 

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Jul 24, 2023 Jul 24, 2023

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thanks for your help 

 

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Sep 04, 2023 Sep 04, 2023

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thank you! life saver

 

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 21, 2023 Sep 21, 2023

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Thank you so much!

It worked

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