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Premiere Elements 10 Essential Training breaks down the editing workflow into bite-sized pieces, covering everything from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. Author David Basulto introduces the basics of editing in Adobe Premiere Elements as well as the advanced features like picture-in-picture overlays and audio and visual effects.
So, what if you had an interview such as the one we have here and you want to apply a mask on her face? You've seen it on TV before where they have some kind of a key witness to the murder or some celebrity that's cheating on another one and you want to mask them so you don't know exactly who it is. So, that's pretty easy to do here in Elements. Let's take a look how. So, I have this clip-- I'll just show you a little bit--- of her talking, and I want to mask her. I don't want anyone knowing who she is. So, I can right-click here on the clip, go down, remember our right-click menu, and down here it says Effects Mask, and I'm going to Apply. And what that does is it creates a duplicate of the clip, just the video only, on another layer above, and now this box here, whatever I choose to put behind it is going to be masked.
So, let's go up here, and I want to make sure I cover her face. That's looking pretty good. Let me just scroll through this, and that looks good. A person that you're masking, if they move their heads back and forth or they stand up, you have to do things like keyframe, which we'll talk about later, but on this particular one, she's sitting down talking and we're just going to mask her out. So, let me go back to frame 0, and now I'm going to go into my Edit Effects, and inside of my effects I'm going to Video Effects, and I'm going to look under the Show All, and Stylize, and let me just bring this down a little bit.
I am looking for Mosaic. So, I could have easily just typed in Mosaic here and it would have found it. So I want to make sure that this clip is selected, my mask, and here's a preview here. So, we see that's what's going to have an effect applied to. I'm going to drag it onto the clip, and now you can't see her. And we're going to edit that a little bit and clean it up a little bit. So, I'm going to go into Mosaic. And there're really only a couple of options where I can change the horizontal or the vertical blocks, so let's see what that looks like.
If I bring it all the way up, it doesn't do too much, but just a little bit. It adds a little more blockage. And then this one, if I bring it too far, it does some weird stuff. So, we're just going to leave it like about right there. And Sharp Colors bring some of the color through that make it sharp. So, if you want that kind of a look, you can. It looks like some ancient video game, but we're not going to do that. So, once again you'll see the red line. That means we might have to render this. Let's press play and see what happens. (Female speaker: It's interesting because with BDN it's a sort of duality.) So, that's not such a demanding effect, and it's only to a small area, that I don't really need to render this, but if you want to or your computer is playing slow, then you can just press the Enter button and it will render this out, but as we can see-- (Female speaker:--having youth help youth. So it's--) --we have her totally covered.
So, adding an effects mask onto your footage is easy to do in Elements 10.
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