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Make small changes to a finished mask, without altering the rest of the tracked mask? (pen tool)

Engaged ,
Mar 16, 2020

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I have a mask of a person's face (profile) while speaking.  (I used the pen tool to create the mask)

The mask is complete (lots of small movements, head turns, etc....) and when I make small adjustments to the mask, and start clicking the track button, frame by frame:

Problem is, the other parts of the mask start moving in the wrong directions.  Slighty moving, but enough to ruin my prior work.

 

Is there a way to lock in a finished mask, so no lines move from original tracking.... and make small changes to one little segment?

 

The regular 'lock mask' will lock the whole mask.  I hope there is a way to make a change on one section without damaging the rest of the tracked mask?  OR must always start from scratch and do the whole mask over again from the begining for a simple adjustment?

 

Thanks for reading and your advice.

Best,

Letty

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Don't bother editing the mask. Start a new mask for those tiny details and use mask modes to join/ intersect or whatever them. Conversely, duplicating the layer and then combining individual bits would work as would simply using the combined result of multiple masks as a track matte.

 

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Make small changes to a finished mask, without altering the rest of the tracked mask? (pen tool)

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I have a mask of a person's face (profile) while speaking.  (I used the pen tool to create the mask)

The mask is complete (lots of small movements, head turns, etc....) and when I make small adjustments to the mask, and start clicking the track button, frame by frame:

Problem is, the other parts of the mask start moving in the wrong directions.  Slighty moving, but enough to ruin my prior work.

 

Is there a way to lock in a finished mask, so no lines move from original tracking.... and make small changes to one little segment?

 

The regular 'lock mask' will lock the whole mask.  I hope there is a way to make a change on one section without damaging the rest of the tracked mask?  OR must always start from scratch and do the whole mask over again from the begining for a simple adjustment?

 

Thanks for reading and your advice.

Best,

Letty

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Correct answer by Mylenium | Most Valuable Participant

Don't bother editing the mask. Start a new mask for those tiny details and use mask modes to join/ intersect or whatever them. Conversely, duplicating the layer and then combining individual bits would work as would simply using the combined result of multiple masks as a track matte.

 

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Don't bother editing the mask. Start a new mask for those tiny details and use mask modes to join/ intersect or whatever them. Conversely, duplicating the layer and then combining individual bits would work as would simply using the combined result of multiple masks as a track matte.

 

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Engaged ,
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Sounds about right.

 

I was looking for some magic button that would lock all the existing points and let me change the ones I want to. 

 

Now that would be a very cool new feature.  Are you reading this Adobe Techs? 😉

 

Thanks.

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