Transform option missing in video track for simple shape

Explorer ,
Mar 02, 2017 Mar 02, 2017

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I am dumbfounded - why does such as simple feature need to become so complex in Adobe CC?

I recently watched a Lynda.com tutorial about the creation of animated Gifs, and the expert showed how one can scale a shape layer in the timeline video track using key frames. Now in CC it is no longer there, except for two added features "Vector mask Position" and "Vector Mask Enable". But no matter what I do, I cannot get a vector shape to transform in its size over time.

For the love of mike - does this have to be so difficult?

Please, anyone?

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 10, 2017 Mar 10, 2017

Hi

Right click on your layer in the layer panel and convert the shape layer to a smart object

You can now add the transform keyframes in the timeline

Dave

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Explorer ,
Mar 02, 2017 Mar 02, 2017

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Let me just add - in CS6 there is a "Transform" option in the track in addition to the usual Position, Opacity and Style options.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 02, 2017 Mar 02, 2017

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What software are you using? Some experts in these forums might have some better suggestions for you, but you've posted in the Lounge. It's not specific to any software and isn't for support. The Lounge is where you can connect with your peers for conversations that don't directly relate to product help and support. Let us know what software you are using and a moderator can move your thread to a product-specific, support, forum

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Explorer ,
Mar 02, 2017 Mar 02, 2017

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Sorry - this was intended for the Photoshop forum! What's the role for the Lounge?

Thanks for your response.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 02, 2017 Mar 02, 2017

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Sargon63  wrote

Sorry - this was intended for the Photoshop forum! What's the role for the Lounge?

The Lounge is where you can connect with your peers for conversations that don't directly relate to product help and support. Like right now, for example, there are some threads on examples of bad design and excellent design. Basic mumblings, grumblings, etc. Sometimes political, sometimes funny. Basically, non-Adobe stuff, but sometimes discussion about Adobe in general and not product-specific.

I'll get your post moved.

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Explorer ,
Mar 02, 2017 Mar 02, 2017

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I get it, thanks! And thank you so much for your help!

Regards

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 02, 2017 Mar 02, 2017

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I unmarked my post as correct since your initial question is still unanswered. I want someone who knows Photoshop to help you out because I'm pretty sure there's an easy solution to your problem.

(Thank you though; if you want to give me internet points, you can mark my posts  as helpful).

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Explorer ,
Mar 10, 2017 Mar 10, 2017

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Hi Szalam.

I haven't received any notification of a response to this question that you moved to the Photoshop discussion, and I was trying to find where it is, just in case there is something without me being notified, Unfortunately I cannot find the place where you moved the discussion - can you help please?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 10, 2017 Mar 10, 2017

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The thread you just replied to is the right one.

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Explorer ,
Mar 10, 2017 Mar 10, 2017

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O-ok! It looks like everybody is as dumbfounded as I am 😉

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Hi

Right click on your layer in the layer panel and convert the shape layer to a smart object

You can now add the transform keyframes in the timeline

Dave

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Explorer ,
Mar 11, 2017 Mar 11, 2017

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Thank you! Such a simple solution, but if one doesn't know it - one doesn't know it!

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Jun 03, 2018 Jun 03, 2018

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Thank you davescm! I was starting to panic until I found your response. Such a lifesaver right now!!!

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 24, 2020 Sep 24, 2020

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Thanks, Mr. Dave! It works and that saved my time. 

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New Here ,
Jul 25, 2022 Jul 25, 2022

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That doesn't really work for me. I have a shape layer and I want to change the shape - read move the bezier handles... I've converted the layer into a smart layer but if I then move the handles around (double clicking the smart layer) the shape is changed thrhoughout the timeline, despite I added keyframes at the start and end before changing the shape.

 

Like said in the topic starter... pretty sure in older versions of PS this transformations were possible and quite direct in terms of actions to be taken?

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Jul 25, 2022 Jul 25, 2022

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Individual bezier handle keyframes have never been part of Photoshop.

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New Here ,
Sep 09, 2018 Sep 09, 2018

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It means that you could only animate smart object.

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Sep 24, 2020 Sep 24, 2020

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Thanks! It works and that saved my time. 

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New Here ,
Nov 15, 2020 Nov 15, 2020

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I know I'm late to this discussion, but I figured I'd add something here. If you have an object with a layer mask and you want to animate the object behind the layer mask, then just converting it to a smart object won't fix this. My layer was missing the transform option for keyframes too. The solution I found was to delete the mask, convert the layer to smart object, then reapply the mask to the smart object in the main document. (so not in the smart object itself). Now the keyframe transform option is there and you can animate the new smart object.

 

(Note: I know the original question was already answered, but this was among the first results shown for my question. I hope this will help others who run into this. Thanks again for the previous answers.)

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