I am trying to mask out part of a shape layer without the mask animating with the shape. Normally in this case I would create a solid layer above and subtract but that doesn't seem to work with shape layers... only images and text layers. If anyone has any ideas on how to do this, I'm all ears.
if I understand you correctly you want to mask out a part of a shape with a layer mask... you can do this by activating the tool creates mask button.
alternatively you can create an alpha matte above your layer like any other layer in Ae.
or even with a shape itself by adding the path or group underneath your path or group and adding a merge path operation set to intersect
Thank you! Alpha matte is exactly what I was forgetting.
Have a great day!
Great! thanks for the feedback. you too