Double-click the mask to invoke the transform box.
nothing happens when i double click the mask.
isn't it the same as right clicking on footage layer and going to Transform? if so, I tried to go to Transform - Scale, but nothing happened when i did adjustments there
tried to follow the steps provided there: "To transform any number of vertices, select the vertices that you want to transform and choose Layer > Mask And Shape Path > Free Transform Points."
Free Transform Points is greyed out when i try to select it. Made sure that footage layer is selected before i went to Layer > Mask And Shape Path >
cant understand what is going on here. have 3 layers in the following order: Adjustment layer, Shape layer and and the footage layer where some object is masked out. Mode is set to Normal on all three.
i can change the form of the mask, increase/decrease feathering, etc, but i need to scale down the object which is within mask's boundaries. Maybe its not technicaly possible or smth?
> isn't it the same as right clicking on footage layer and going to Transform? if so, I tried to go to Transform - Scale, but nothing happened when i did adjustments there
No. That is going to scale the layer, not just the mask.
It's not clear to me what you're trying to accomplish. Screenshots might help.
It seems that you actually do want to scale down the entire layer, then.
The problem, though, is that you're looking in the Layer panel, not the Compositon panel.
The Composition panel is where you see the results of things like scaling a layer. The Layer panel is where you operate on a layer in isolation, without things like transformations getting in the way.
Since you are so new to After Effects, I very strongly recommend that you start here to learn After Effects: http://adobe.ly/bjBT3P