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  • Newbie question: Resizing rectangles

    Posted by William Cousert on April 14, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    I’m just starting out with AE CS3 and I’m having a problem that’s driving me nuts!

    I drew a rectangle on a blank composition. So far, so good. When I attempted to resize it by dragging the lower right corner, the upper left corner moves by the same exact amount.

    I want resize to work the same as it does in Illustrator.

    What am I doing wrong?

    Miguel angel Duran replied 11 years, 11 months ago 4 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Lars Bunch

    April 14, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Hi,

    Dave: He used a shape layer in CS3.

    William: As far as I can tell, this is how shape layers work. But if you create a solid and draw a mask, then when you adjust the mask borders, they will resize only in the direction you pull them in.

    Create a solid (Command-Y) and make it the comp size.

    Use the same button you used to create the shape layer, but with the solid selected in the time line. This will draw a mask onto the solid.

    With the mask visible in the comp window, double click on the mask border. This will bring up a resize border.

    If you then pull on the corners, they will resize only in one direction (unless you hold down Command-Shift as you resize.)

    Hope this helps,

    Lars

  • Ian Collister

    April 14, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Including this, there’s a few other things i wish AE could inherit from Illustrator.

    Anyone at Adobe listening? Anyone? 🙂

  • William Cousert

    April 14, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Sorry, you are correct. I am totally new at this.

    Dragging the lower right corner of my rectangle…

    .............+-------------+
    .............|.............|
    .............|.............|
    .............|.............|
    .............|.............|
    .............+-------------+
    
    should result in this...
    
    .............+-------------+---+
    .............|.............|...|
    .............|.............|...|
    .............|.............|...|
    .............|.............|...|
    .............+-------------+...|
    .............|.................|
    .............|.................|
    .............+-----------------+
    
    Not this...
    
    ..........+--------------------+
    ..........|....................|
    ..........|....................|
    ..........|..+-------------+...|
    ..........|..|.............|...|
    ..........|..|.............|...|
    ..........|..|.............|...|
    ..........|..|.............|...|
    ..........|..+-------------+...|
    ..........|....................|
    ..........|....................|
    ..........+--------------------+
    

    (replace the .’s with spaces. the board don’t like multiple spaces)

    What am I doing wrong?

  • William Cousert

    April 14, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks! I’ll give this a try when I get home.

  • Miguel angel Duran

    July 18, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Beat around the bush much? He is simply asking if it’s possible to constrain resizing to only a particular corner. Rather than dragging a corner and resizing the whole shape…

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