Controlling the Pen Tool in After Effects

Okay, I’ve been finding ways to cheat my way out of using the Pen Tool in After Effects, but I’ve gotten to the point where I need to learn it and defeat this boss monster once and for all!

So, I’m used to how Photoshop’s Pen Tool works. I know how to work and refine my paths and what is especially useful is how I can press Alt/Option to stunt the curvature of the next point. However, this seems impossible in After Effects. I’ve been trying for a while now, but I can’t for the life of me find out how to do this or something similar without using Convert Vertex, which just makes the line completely straight, not what I want to do. The only way to offset this is to make extra points, but that’s both tediously time consuming and doesn’t allow for exact accuracy.

I’ve been looking all over, but I can’t seem to find an answer for this (probably because I don’t exactly know the name for the Alt/Option function in Photoshop, I’ve pretty much been self-taught in a bunch of programs over the years). There has to be a way to create precision masks in After Effects. My question is how?

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