Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Editing a mask path, part of After Effects Apprentice 05: Creating Transparency.
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I went ahead and quickly finished drawing a quick mask shape around this flower.…Now I'd like to go back and clean it up and make it look a little bit better.…However, since the mask is cutting out this layer, I can't tell if I've got more…flower petal beyond my mask shape or not.…Therefore, I prefer to edit masks in the Layer panel, not the Comp panel.…To open up the Layer panel, you double-click a layer and you'll get its…own special viewer.…Make sure the View popup is set to Masks, which it should, and you can turn off…the Render switch to go ahead and see your entire layer.…
Now you see the mask outline but it won't actually cut out your layer.…I also prefer to zoom in on my subject while I am working with masks.…You can manually set this to say 200% or even 400%, press the Spacebar to…temporarily get the Hand tool, and move to the desired detail inside your layer.…If your mouse has a scroll wheel, you can also use the scroll wheel to zoom in and zoom out.…Let me go ahead and move tight on some of the details of this flower.…
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