Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring mask modes, part of After Effects Apprentice 05: Creating Transparency.
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I want to show you a couple of ideas how to combine multiple mask shapes.…If you've got the exercise files that came with this lesson, open up the project…05-Mask Modes' Starter. This is just our landscape that we played around with at…the very beginning of this lesson.…Let's start with a couple of simple mask shapes, just to illustrate a point,…then we'll move on to more complex example.…I am going to make sure my layer is selected, very important, select my Mask…Shape tool and go to Rectangle to start, drag out a part of this landscape, like that.…
Change to an Ellipse tool and drag out.…The second portion of landscape that intersects with the first one, so I have…two masks. I'm going to go ahead and rename this oval, rectangle, all right.…Next to the mask names is a popup that is the Mask mode.…How do these masks interact with each other?…Add is the default that basically says keep adding what's inside a mask to…create a composite image.…
Well, let's say we take the oval and say instead of adding, I want to subtract you.…
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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