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Layer Mask Timeline Animation - not possible?

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I've been trying to animate the mask of a layer in Photoshop to create a slightly more interesting reveal of text, as per dozens of tutorials (not least Adobe's own), but no matter what I do, the keyframing doesn't work - is this now not a feature of Photoshop animation?

When I add a keyframe & move the mask, the position is the same across the timeline, instead of changing over time -the keyframe indicator for the first frame changes to the half-filled marker, instead of staying open.

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Any reason why I might be getting this really annoying behaviour?

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Thanks for the suggestion, as I was working with text I'd not tried converting it to a smart object layer.

I think I've found the solution I was looking for by using a vector mask rather than the pixel layer masking I had been attempting to animate with. It's curious that I can't get it to work with pixel layer masks, but at least I am able to animate in the way I'd intended!

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Layer Mask Timeline Animation - not possible?

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I've been trying to animate the mask of a layer in Photoshop to create a slightly more interesting reveal of text, as per dozens of tutorials (not least Adobe's own), but no matter what I do, the keyframing doesn't work - is this now not a feature of Photoshop animation?

When I add a keyframe & move the mask, the position is the same across the timeline, instead of changing over time -the keyframe indicator for the first frame changes to the half-filled marker, instead of staying open.

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Any reason why I might be getting this really annoying behaviour?

Correct answer by AA9Arow | Community Beginner

Thanks for the suggestion, as I was working with text I'd not tried converting it to a smart object layer.

I think I've found the solution I was looking for by using a vector mask rather than the pixel layer masking I had been attempting to animate with. It's curious that I can't get it to work with pixel layer masks, but at least I am able to animate in the way I'd intended!

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Are you sure that you broke the link between the layer and the layer mask ?

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Yep. The mask isn't animating, the layer is staying where it's supposed to be

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You are sure also that you are selecting the mask not the layer when you change the position ?

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What OS and PS version are you using.  Here is what I see usinf Windows  10 CC 2019

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I'm using Win 10 with latest version of Photoshop 20.0.4 and I'd LOVE to be getting that result, but it's just not happening.

Omar.Fathy​ - Thanks for checking, yes - I'm definitely selecting the mask. The mask moves where I want it to, but it doesn't animate between frames, no matter what I do it stays in the last position I moved it to across all frames.

Thanks,

Amir

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Can you provide a screenshot for the layer panel ?

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Is your layer a smart object layer? I always animate smart object layers in a video timeline. Even Video cans be masked when its a smart object layer.

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Thanks for the suggestion, as I was working with text I'd not tried converting it to a smart object layer.

I think I've found the solution I was looking for by using a vector mask rather than the pixel layer masking I had been attempting to animate with. It's curious that I can't get it to work with pixel layer masks, but at least I am able to animate in the way I'd intended!

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I had no problem using a pixels layer mask with a smart object text layer or text layer are you sure you unlinked the layer mask????????

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Jumping in late to this conversation and learning a lot - can I ask is this the same affect used for filling a moving shape with the background of the image it inside?

 

See clip. https://www.instagram.com/p/CHwMturnrTQ/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link 

 

I have no idea where to get started!

 

Thanks,

 

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Hey everyone, i've been having the same trouble and it's very annoying. Vector masks don't work eiter. Do you have any idea why? I'm guessing it's a bug, maybe? because it should work even with a text layer and a pixel mask.

I'm using Mac and Photoshop 2020

Thank you!

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I had exactly the same problem and it was driving me insane!

SOLUTION: while moving raster mask DON'T use Ctrl-T (transform), just use V key and move. It seems, PS is interpering it differently. This solved the issue for me! 

 

For developers: please correct the issue! (my ver. 20.0.6)

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Hello, Tony, the developpers only fix the current version, 21.X.X did you try with that version to reproduce your issue?

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Hi Tonny, that's what solved it actually. Thank you very much!

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