Masking in the Layer panel


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Masking in the Layer panel

Let's say that I want to have two windows on this footage instead of just one. If I want to draw a second mask, I can reselect my mask shape tool and start dragging, but I'm rather blind as to what I'm dragging here. I can go ahead and hold the Spacebar to reposition a mask, but you know there is a better way, and that better way is to edit my mask shapes in the Layer panel. So I'm going to undo to get rid of my second shape, and double-click my layer to open it up in its dedicated Layer panel. That way I get to see just as footage with no distractions of external layers, any effects, any scaling.

I can focus just what I'm working on. The View popup defaults to looking at masks, which is what I want. Also, the Render option defaults to on. This means that it actually going to cut out my footage. However, if I want to see the entire clip and just the mask outline, I'll turn off Render and now I get to see the whole clip and now it's much easier to go ahead and se...

Masking in the Layer panel
Video duration: 1m 55s 2h 36m Beginner Updated Nov 15, 2012

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Masking in the Layer panel provides you with in-depth training on Video. Taught by Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer as part of the After Effects Apprentice 05: Creating Transparency

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Video
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After Effects
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