5 Replies Latest reply on Mar 8, 2013 5:33 PM by Matt Dubuque

    LACK OF FULL PEN TOOL FUNCTIONALITY WHEN CREATING A SHAPE LAYER

    Matt Dubuque Level 1

      Hello, I'm going through Chris Meyer's video course on being an AE apprentice and have spent over an hour on the following issue.

       

      Here is what I know.

       

      I know I am trying to create a shape layer, not a mask, to create a frame to surround the video of the green field on the attached screenshot.  Therefore, I pressed "F2" to make sure I am doing so.

       

      I want to define the borders of this picture frame by using the pen tool to draw a path on the layer entitled "Windy Peak".

       

      I have highlighted that layer in my timeline.

       

      This video was pasted on to a placeholder shape that I had created using Command Option "/" on my Mac.

       

      I do have limited use of the pen tool, because it displays properly when I hover it above the borders of the video to be framed.

       

      But I lack access to the toolbar controls I want to complete my assignment.

       

      For example, I would like to create a gradient to define the internal coloration of this frame, but I have no use of the eyedropper when I click on the Color Picker.

       

      Also, I am unable to access or manipulate any of the standard fill or stroke options for use of my pen.

       

      This is what I know.  

       

      Thanks for your help!   Matt

       

      Screen shot 2013-03-07 at 2.39.18 PM.png

       

      Message was edited by: Matt Dubuque to add the fact that the video had been pasted on to a placeholder shape image by pressing Command Option "/" on my Mac.