I'm a bit baffled because I'm not sure what's happened.
I'm copying country shapes from an Illustrator file into AE layers - so they're turned into masks (lots and lots of masks actually). I color the specific countries I'm doing this for in blue (the solid layer color) and applying some other effects - that's the reason I'm doing this. It's been going well until now. For some reason, the US shape won't all appear in blue and the effects also only apply to the Alaska bit.
What's going on here?
I've tried starting from scratch several times (i.e. make new solid layer, apply shape, same problem).
This is CS6 btw.
I believe its because both Alaska and the US are separate masks so AE is cutting out Alaska and then has nothing to cookie cutter the US with. Double hit 'M' on the US layer to bring up your masks and I think the Alaska mask will say 'subtract' in the drop down available, so you need to change the other mask (US) to 'intersect'. If not then try 'add'...
Excellent, my sanity is restored - it was the masks. There are 100s of them so instead I went back to Ai and isolated bits of the country and pasted each bit into its own solid layer.