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Chapter 9. Mask Essentials > Selecting Masks and Points

Selecting Masks and Points

In order to alter all or part of a mask, you must first select its control points. Selecting masks and control points is usually accomplished with (what else?) the selection tool. Sorry, Illustrator users won't find a direct selection tool. In After Effects, you must select all the points of a mask to move or scale the entire mask path. Select one or more control points to change the shape of a mask. As usual, selected control point appears as solid dots; deselected control points appear as hollow dots.

To select masks or points:

1.
In the Tools palette, choose the selection tool , if you have not already done so (Figure 9.38).

Figure 9.38. In the Tools palette, choose the selection tool.


2.
In the Layer window, do any of the following things:

To select a control point, click the control point on a mask.

To select any or all control points, drag a marquee around the points you want to select (Figure 9.39).

Figure 9.39. To select several control points at once, you can drag a marquee around them.


To select all mask points, press Command-A (Mac) or Ctrl-A (Windows).

To select an entire mask with the mouse, Option-click (Mac) or Alt-click (Windows) a mask.

To select an entire mask by name, choose the mask from the Target pull-down menu in the Layer window.

To add or subtract from your selection, press Shift as you click or drag a marquee around control points.


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