First, make sure your version of After Effects is up to date. If it is, create a new comp.
Use the pen tool to create a simple shape.
Select the Puppet Pin tool and set just two puppet pins.
Press F3 to bring up the Effects Control Panel and you should see the puppet pin effect added to the shape layer.
You should see 2 pins on the layer
You should be able to turn on the mesh and see the triangles
If you don't see any Pins on the layer select the layer in the timeline and press the U key twice to see if there are any modified properties. If there is a mesh and a couple of puppet pins placed in the layer then your view options are fouled up. If nothing has been added to the layer then you may have found a bug. If it works on a shape layer it will work on any layer compatible with puppet pin.
I have the same issue. I just updated to the 2018 version of Creative Cloud & when I go to put pins on my illustration nothing shows & nothing is applied to the layer. My previous works that I open in the 2018 version of AE show the pins but any new project in the new version won't apply any pins. I hope someone finds the issues!
I am having an issue whereby I have a layer selected and place a pin using the puppet tool but it does not create the effect fully (with the yellow dot on the position I clicked. It does add a Puppet effect to the layer but with no mesh.
All of the other layers in the file so far worked with the puppet tool but for some reason the last handful do not work at all. I have tried restarting as well as deleting any modifications to those layers but can't seem to find a solution.
Start off by selecting the layer that is giving you problems and pressing the "u" key twice to reveal all modified properties. Make sure View Layer Controls has not been turned off. If that does not help start a new comp, add the asset to the timeline and try Puppet Pin again to see if you get the same error.
There are only a few procedural problems that would cause puppet pin to fail but I do not have any idea what may be going on without a screenshot with the modified properties of the layers in question revealed.
Thanks for the quick response, Rick!
I tried the 'u' keyboard and nothing untoward there and the layer controls are visible. I created a new comp and dropped the asset in there and attempted to use the puppet pin tool and this error appeared (please see attached).
Ideally I need to get this asset working and back into my main comp as I am rigging up a hole character for animation. The second image below shows the layers that have been successful thus far, where I have been converting them into 'bones' using the Duik tool after pinning each. However, the assets in the bottom half of the layers panel I have not been able to carry out the same process.
Thanks for your help.
Its because you are in 16BPC
change it to 8 and it will work
SOLVED: I had exactly the same issue! The way I solved it was by deleting the effects on the layer that wasn't accepting new pins and then tried adding pins using the puppet pin tool and it all worked as expected : )
SOLVED: I was having the same issue in After Effects CC 2020. What worked for me was I switched off the continuesly resterize option for that layer and that layer started showing yellow pins for the puppet tool. This is working regardless if the layer is 3D or 2D.
It worked :))
many thanks for this tip.
SOLVED: My problem was I was applying the pin in the FRONT view on top of the Camera. When I switched to the CAMERA view (after removing previously applied effect) it worked properly.
If youre puppet pins disappear or are greyed out here is what fixed it for us.
Select the puppet effect and turn it from legacy to advanced. If you need to use legacy change it back to legacy. Your puppet tool will now work again. After we did this we saved down to AE 2017 just so we could keep working without worrying about the puppet tool breaking. Thank god we unchecked remove old version when updating.
Seriously adobe, is anyone testing this stuff? AE 2014 was the last build that was not buggy. Why release a new version if it doesn't work? I'm sure the majority of AE users want stability over new features.
I just had this issue, and it was caused by having a mask on the layer I was trying to add the pins to.
If you have masks on a layer, the puppet tool assumes that you're going to be adding the pins within the mask path, so that can result in issues with the pins not being added correctly.
I hope this helps anyone who is looking for a solution to this!