Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Animating masks, part of After Effects Apprentice 05: Creating Transparency.
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Next let's animate one of our masked shapes. I'm going to bring on a title and…animate that on using masks.…I'm going to press Home to make sure I'm at the very beginning of my…composition, and if you have the exercise files that came with this lesson,…I am going to go Project, scroll down to my Sources, and drag in the title Bring on the Night.…I am going to drag it to roughly to the middle of my composition, there we go.…If you don't have the exercise files feel free to bring on any other layer,…a piece of text, go ahead and create text layer, whatever you like.…This particular Illustrator file was created with black text, which makes it…a bit hard to read.…
So to make it easier to read against these backgrounds I'm going to go ahead and…fill it with the color.…I can use the Effect menu.…I can never remember where Fill is in the Effect menus.…So I am going to go to Effects & Presets panel and type Fill. Ah, there it is.…It's there in the Generate menu.…Drag it on to my title, change the color to something familiar like a white, and…
The After Effects Apprentice videos on lynda.com were created by Trish and Chris Meyer and are designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice. We are honored to host these tutorials in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
- Creating masks using parametric shapes or freeform with the Pen tool
- Editing and animating masks
- Combining multiple masks
- Using one layer to define the transparency of others
- Explaining the interaction between effects, masks, and mattes
- Mastering mask animation