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After Effects CS6 New Features
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Exploring other Pen tool changes


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After Effects CS6 New Features

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As long as we are here, I want to point out a couple of other subtle but significant changes to the way the Pen tool works. One is, previously tapping G rotated through all of these tools; now the default behavior is G toggles just between Pen and Feather. So if I release, make sure my mask is selected, type G, you'll see Pen tool, Feather tool. Pen tool, Feather tool. A lot of users are finding that's all they need. If you happen to miss going through all those tools, you can indeed set a preference to get that back.

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After Effects CS6 New Features
2h 13m Appropriate for all Apr 11, 2012

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Get up to speed quickly with the new features in After Effects CS6. Join veteran After Effects user Chris Meyer as he explores the key enhancements to this industry standard visual effects and motion graphics software. Chris shares creative ideas and important production advice while covering the strengths of features such as memory optimization with the new global performance cache, 3D motion tracking with the 3D Camera Tracker, and the new 3D rendering engine for ray-traced 3D rendering.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the global performance cache
  • Using ray-traced rendering with beveling and extrusion
  • Working with 3D Camera Tracker
  • Performing rolling shutter repairs
  • Adding variable mask feathering
  • Working with CycoreFX HD plug-in
  • Touring Imagineer Systems mocha AE and Adobe SpeedGrade
  • Round-tripping between After Effects and MAXON CINEMA 4D
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Chris Meyer

Exploring other Pen tool changes

As long as we are here, I want to point out a couple of other subtle but significant changes to the way the Pen tool works. One is, previously tapping G rotated through all of these tools; now the default behavior is G toggles just between Pen and Feather. So if I release, make sure my mask is selected, type G, you'll see Pen tool, Feather tool. Pen tool, Feather tool. A lot of users are finding that's all they need. If you happen to miss going through all those tools, you can indeed set a preference to get that back.

Go to General, Disable Pen Tool Shortcut Toggles Between Pen and Mask Feather tools, OK, and you'll see that this menu has now changed to where G cycles through all of these tools. G, G, G, G, G. In either mode, the Adobe team has made another change to the way that Pen tool works. Normally, if you had the Pen tool selected and you hovered it over a line where there is no vertex, you'll get a plus symbol, indicating you can add a vertex. And if you hovered it over a point, you get a minus sign.

People were forever going to click and pick up a mask point and deleting it instead. It drove a lot of users crazy. Well they've taken that behavior away inside After Effects CS6. Now, it behaves the way you expect. You can just move a mask point. If you want to do something different with that mask point, you can hold down the Command key on Mac, Ctrl key on Windows to delete a point, or hold down the Option key on Mac, Alt key on Windows to get the Change Direction tool and get your Bezier Handles back.

And Option clicking on one of those points breaks the handles. I'll undo and undo.

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