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  • copying paths between shape layers

     Stacey Dunleavy updated 11 months ago 2 Members · 7 Posts
  • Stacey Dunleavy

    January 7, 2021 at 6:50 pm

    I’m going down a rabbit hole of tutorials (not that it’s a bad thing, I’m learning some cool functions) and I can’t find an answer… Is it possible to copy paths from one shape layer to another? Can I merge shape layers? I have a text layer that I converted to outlines, and I’m trying to add flame-y shapes to the top of the letters that will be then keyframed and distorted through my comp. But, the flames that I drew are on a separate layer and I can’t seem to paste them to the outlined text layer.

    Is this just not possible? At least these are simple shapes that I can redraw, but I was hoping for a simple Paste Into function…

  • Michael Szalapski

    January 7, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    You can copy a path to a path.

    And you can use the merge paths function.

    I think reading through the info on this page and checking out the links it points to would be very helpful.

  • Stacey Dunleavy

    January 7, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    I’ve tried copying and pasting into the Contents, and I get a Path sub-layer, but no path… I’ll check out your link…

  • Michael Szalapski

    January 7, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    You need a path to paste into. So you can create a new path from the operators menu and then paste into that.

  • Stacey Dunleavy

    January 7, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    I read that part of the user guide – it didn’t help. The problem is that I’ll copy the path from the first Shape layer, go to the other Shape layer’s contents, paste, and get nothing besides a new Path sublayer but no path…

  • Michael Szalapski

    January 7, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Yeah, you need to specifically select just the path you want to copy and specifically select the path property you want to paste it into.

  • Stacey Dunleavy

    January 7, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    I think I figured it out… Since I have these paths on both layers operating as masks, it somehow gets in the way of copying/pasting… I tested this on a really basic comp. Without any masking, it works fine, but with masking (and a few edits to the path) the only thing pasting is the first version of the shape I made… Also selecting the Path sublayer of the Contents just gives me a path with no fill, stroke or effects…

    Also, pasting the shape reverts to the basic shape with no transformations. I’d resized it in the first layer, and the pasted version went back to 100% no matter how often I copied… Weird.

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