Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating basic mask shapes, part of After Effects Apprentice 05: Creating Transparency.
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If you have access to the exercise files that came with this lesson, open up the…project AEA_Creating Transparency.aep.…After you do that, double-click to open the comp 00-Masking*practice.…If you don't have access to the exercise files, just create any comp with…any piece of footage, because in this first movie we are just going to be playing around.…There are two tools to go ahead and create mask shapes.…One is the Pen tool, it has several different options, and the other is the Shape…tool and it too has several different options or different shapes that you can draw.…
We are going to start with a Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, and Ellipse tools,…since these are the ones we are going to be using most often.…However, even these have a lot of really handy keyboard shortcuts you can use…while drawing these shapes.…I am going to pick the simple Rectangle tool first.…Now, the first thing about drawing masks is make sure that your target layer is…selected, highlighted down here in the Timeline panel.…
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- 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