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Editing a mask changes mask mode

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Jun 05, 2020

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Okay, not sure what's going on here but since a few updates prior whenever I alter a mask (adjust a point, resize, reposition) it changes the mask mode. For example, I draw a mask and set the mode as 'Add'. I then move it and After Effects changes the mode to 'None' or 'Difference' all by itself, forcing me to go through the added step of changing it back to 'Add'. What's going on here and how do I stop this? It's driving me crazy. I've searched through the preferences but couldn't see anything obviously related.

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Editing a mask changes mask mode

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Okay, not sure what's going on here but since a few updates prior whenever I alter a mask (adjust a point, resize, reposition) it changes the mask mode. For example, I draw a mask and set the mode as 'Add'. I then move it and After Effects changes the mode to 'None' or 'Difference' all by itself, forcing me to go through the added step of changing it back to 'Add'. What's going on here and how do I stop this? It's driving me crazy. I've searched through the preferences but couldn't see anything obviously related.

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Jun 14, 2020

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Bump.. no-one else is experiencing this issue?

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 15, 2020

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Hi pmcdonald,

 

I haven't seen this issue before. Have you tried resetting the After Effects preferences yet: https://community.adobe.com/t5/after-effects/faq-how-to-reset-trash-preferences-in-after-effects/td-...

Let us know if it helps.

 

Thanks,

Nishu

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Jun 15, 2020

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The only time a click should thange a mask mode is when you have a mask selected, your finger on the mouse button and you press a one of the modifier keyrs. N for none, A for add, S for Subtrack, I for intersect and F for difference. D will Darken but that only has an effect is you have changed mask opacity. 

 

You shoul take a look at my friend John Dickenson's great tutorial series Work Smarter & Faster in After Effects. Here's the one on masking:

I have never heard of a bug that causes a click to change the mask modes. If it really is a bug make sure you file a bug report.

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