torus shape? or ringed circle?
You can use the MERGE PATHS to get boolean procedures.
Or use STROKE, no fill to get a ring.
alt: use BEVEL/EMBOSS (layerstyle)
I see Merge Paths working in the help file, but I can't seem to get it working with my project..
Could you help point out where I'm going wrong? I create a new shape layer with the elipse tool. I now have:
-Elipse Path 1
-Size = 64
-Transform: Elipse 1
Duplicate the Elipse 1 and changed Elipse 2's Path Size to 96. I added Merged Paths to Elipse 1 and 2 (elipse1 = sub, elipse1=add), and then changed the order - doesn't work right......
Here's what I ended with - can you help explain what order it should be in?
- Elipse Path1 - Size=64
- Fill 1
- Merge Paths (Subtract)
- Elipse Path2 - Size = 96
- Merge Paths (Add)
Subtracting seems to do nothing.. If I reordered the Merged Paths (Add) to below Elipse2's Stroke and Fill, then it all dissappeared.
Thanks for your help
You can merge paths, shapes, groups.
You might want to have your MERGE command after your paths.
Ellipse 2 (96)
Ellipse 1 (64)
Merge (Subtract = 2 - 1)
Still couldn't get that working until I created a blank Shape Layer, and then created the elipse shapes via the Add arrow, and then then the merge (which creates stroke and fill).
Thanks for the help, Ko. I think I got it....
Maybe this will help....
The merge should be below the items/ groups you want to merge. It must not be placed inside a shape item's base property group. Merge will not actually merge anything, its just instructs the rasterization engine to look at intersections and treat them according to the rules.
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You can subtract- or technically invert- a mask from a shape layer that's already been created. With the shape layer selected, select the Pen tool. Choose the "Tool Creates Mask" option to the right of the Pen tool (next to the star symbol, which is the "Tool Creates Shape" option).
Draw a mask of whatever shape it is that you want to subtract, in your case a circle. In the Mask options on the shape layer, click "invert".
Hope that helped!
Thanks for making the effort to contribute, Alisia.
Out of curiousity, this thread is six years old, why are you commenting on something so old?
Secondly, the original poster was talking about how to do it with shape layers (which is useful if you want to use repeaters, etc.). Masking won't help with that part, however, it will help if all they need is a single circle.
the other interesting quextion...why does this thread have 2,500 views? Were donuts that popular back in the olden days?
Web search engine crawlers, surely.
I don't pay attention to dates when I reference threads. As of just now, I was trying to create a painter's palette in AE, and I was having a similar issue trying to remove a portion of the palette (specifically, the part you put your finger in). I did a google search and found this thread, and it sounded like the original post was looking to do the same thing as me. Then I figured it out on my own, and I thought it would be helpful to share in case someone else had the same issue and also stumbled upon this thread.
I am by no means an After Effects expert, but I successfully accomplished what I was trying to do, and if someone is looking to do the same thing then they might benefit from my post.
Does that satisfy your curiousity?
Welcome to the family.
It's great that you found your solution and wanted to share it with others! That's awesome! Welcome to the forums!
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A simple solution would be to use the Shape Builder tool in Illustrator. This interactive tutorial shows you how to accomplish this:
I read this after almost 3 years and still super helpful, I was trying to find the way to do it and almost went crazy, nth out there is easy and neither of them were what I look for, thanks Alisia appreciate it