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

    LACK OF FULL PEN TOOL FUNCTIONALITY WHEN CREATING A SHAPE LAYER

    Matt Dubuque Community Member

      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.