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Explorer ,
Mar 22, 2012

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I've got a path on a Shape layer and I'm copying that path into the Position of another layer (so I can animate that layer along the path).

But I need to reverse the direction that the pasted position travels.

So instead of the object moving left to right, I need right to left.

I tried changing the "Reverse Path Direction" parameter on the path before copy/pasting, but that didn't seem to do anything.

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Reverse pasted path direction?

Explorer ,
Mar 22, 2012

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I've got a path on a Shape layer and I'm copying that path into the Position of another layer (so I can animate that layer along the path).

But I need to reverse the direction that the pasted position travels.

So instead of the object moving left to right, I need right to left.

I tried changing the "Reverse Path Direction" parameter on the path before copy/pasting, but that didn't seem to do anything.

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Mar 22, 2012

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Select the point you want to be the first, right-click, choose Mask and Shape Path --> Set First Vertex

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Explorer ,
Mar 22, 2012

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When I do that, it changes my path.

In the attached screenshot, the first "hook" path is the original and the second is after I click the first point and "Set First Vertex"

https://img.skitch.com/20120322-r9wmrpbk29fg3wx59542fk28ij.jpg

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Mar 22, 2012

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Have you made sure the path is actually treated as a nopen path. Check that by once more referring to the menu I mentioned...

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Explorer ,
Mar 22, 2012

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I'm pretty sure it is (see attached image). If I click "Closed" from the menu, then it closes the path...so I assume that it's open based on the menu.

https://img.skitch.com/20120322-kh9cqp1272w4mptjtut73adsjp.jpg

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Mar 22, 2012

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Actually I was thinking in wrong terms here. AE doesn't actualyl reverse the direction at all. Still, there's hope: http://aescripts.com/reversemaskpath/

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Mar 22, 2012

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Hmmm, that only works on mask paths (I'm using Shape Layers). Though seems I might have to conver these to masks if I want it to work...

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May 06, 2016

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Can't see your screen shot for some reason.  Have tried using the Teme-Reverse Keyframes command?

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Feb 17, 2016

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This a CC wide problem of Adobe not treating vector graphics in the way other hardcore vector graphics software does. Every Path has to have a direction in which it's drawn, and all vector aware software should be able to change the direction. In Ai its confusing to have both path direction (which seems to be exclusive for Ai and doe not effect pasted masks as you have discovered), and a Odd/Even fill option (called Fill Toggle in classic computer graphics terminology). A compound path should make use of the directions to decide whether a path results in a Fill or a 'Hole'.

I remember that in early versions of Ae ther was an option to change the direction of paths, but maybe that's not true. Let's request Adobe to (re)introduce the possibility!

featurerequests: Please make it possible to change the direction of a Mask Path in After Effects

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 19, 2016

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I agree, it's a long-needed feature.

However, here's a quick workaround when using Illustrator to edit the path: By connecting the two endpoints of a path, cutting the new line and deleting the two endpoints at the cut, somehow the path direction has changed. I then copy to AE and the path is being drawn in the correct direction.

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May 06, 2016

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Aug 06, 2016

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gin1211 wrote:

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selected all key > right click>keyframe assistant>Time-reverse keyframe

This is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!

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Feb 15, 2018

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script for mask only ReverseMaskPath - aescripts.com

If u want to reverse path then

reverse path.JPG

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Community Beginner ,
May 07, 2018

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If you're designing your shape in illustrator, you can use the mirror tool to change the direction of the path.
If you're doing everything in Ae, I suggest you copy-paste in Ai, do the thing and paste back in Ae.

That fixed it for me when trying to morph two shapes that wouldn't behave properly.

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