Is there any reason you can't animate the Position property?
It would be a lot smoother animating it on a path and in my opinion, much faster to create the paths w/ a pen, instead of moving and keyframing each individual seed layer.
However, that's not the point. The point is, I should be able to path animation on a layer whether it is masked or not.
but thanks for your suggestion. I may resort to that, though it is not desireable.
here is a PSD layer w/ several seeds flying in the wind from a tree. I need to animate these. In AE, I've duplicated the layer numerous times (one for each seed) and isolated the seed w/ a mask shape
Just a thought but why not cut the seeds in Ps while your at it? no use in having all those masks in your view, right?
I've tried adding a mask path to a seed layer. I've cut the mask path, selected the layer's position property and pasted the mask path, but it pastes in as a new mask - every time...
make sure you click on the Mask Path when you copy, and NOT Mask 1,2,3
Okay, then try this: make your mask path and make a Mask Path keyframe. Go to the layer and make a Position keyframe. Copy the Mask Path keyframe, put the timeline cursor on the Position keyframe, highlight it and hit Paste. If you don't get the Mask Path pasted into the Position property, something's wrong.
Dave LaRonde wrote:
make your mask path and make a Mask Path keyframe. Go to the layer and make a Position keyframe. Copy the Mask Path keyframe, put the timeline cursor on the Position keyframe, highlight it and hit Paste.
Bingo!!! That did it!!! Thanks Dave!
Great! Otherwise you would have been the unfortunate discoverer of yet another AE bug.