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  • Jon Felix

    June 9, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Been using AE for years and suddenly I cannot create masks. I select a layer with a source picture, and using the pen tool, start to create a freehand mask. Instead it automatically creates a new shape layer. I cannot get it it to create a mask on the layer selected. Same effect if I use the rectangle tool. Been using this for years – am I being really dumb and missing something?!


    Jon Felix
    Los Angeles

  • Eric Santiago

    June 9, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    Trash your prefs?
    That is a weird one.

  • Alex Barratt

    June 9, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    I’m not sure if this is the real fix, but a way you can work around it is by creating a shape layer first, and then using those tools on that layer.

    Layer > New > Shape Layer

    And then use Pen/Rectangle Tool.


    Alex T. Barratt
    Multimedia Designer

  • Mervin James

    June 10, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Have you made sure that this icon is turned on in the Tools Panel??

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