I'm on AE CS6 and when I'm scaling a shape layer it doesn't scale perfectly.

For instance, I'm scaling an ellipse shape and I want a perfect circle, usually all I have to do is hold the shift key and drag the shape to create a perfect circle.

Instead it's being constrained to an oval! Does anyone have the answer?

  • Welcome Mark! Do you have Caps lock turned on?
    – p2or
    Dec 17, 2014 at 18:32
  • Hello... No I don't.
    – Mark
    Dec 17, 2014 at 22:16

2 Answers 2


The Shift key constrains proportions. If you start with an oval, it will continue to be an ellipse as you scale it.

To turn an ellipse into a circle, or a rectangle into a square, adjust the height and width properties manually (be sure that auto-keyframe is turned off if you don't want to make this part of an animation) so they are the same.

  • I'm trying to constrain the proportions as a circle- while holding shift; instead when holding shift it constrains as an oval. I opened AE CS5 my method works just fine.... There must be something wrong with my CS6 setting.
    – Mark
    Dec 17, 2014 at 22:16
  • That's likely. At any rate, you can always work numerically using the object's properties, and scrub to enlarge/reduce. I tend to use properties more than WYSIWIG scaling, so perhaps I'm a bit biased. :) Dec 19, 2014 at 0:45


Lol for the answer


  • +1 for plausible answer but flagged for low quality (spelling, lack of further explanation, tone...)
    – curious
    Jul 12, 2015 at 14:55

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