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Can't find fill and stroke

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

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Can't find fill and stroke

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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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Risorsa 1.jpg

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Correct answer by Gutterfish | Adobe Community Professional

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

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

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

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

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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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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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