Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Stacking stencils, part of After Effects Apprentice 05: Creating Transparency.
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Before we wrap up stencils I want to point out that you can indeed stack…stencils on top of each other.…You're not restricted to just one stencil for an entire composition.…For example, I've got my NIGHT LITES here, which is acting as an alpha stencil…for this overall composite, these two different pieces of footage. I can go grab…another stencil, for example, that Cloud Matte we had brought in.…Move my time indicator a little bit later to where it comes on.…It has no alpha channel of its own.…So I will use it as a Luma Stencil.…Now, it will act as a stencil on top of the text stencil on top of the other layers.…
I might even go ahead and take this, scale it up a little bit so it fills up the…layer a little bit more, build a nicer effect like that.…Since I am using this layer just as a stencil and I am not so worried about the…actual image quality of the layer,…it's okay to go ahead and scale it beyond 100%. You can get away with it a bit there.…So there it blows on my text.…If I turn on my transparency grid, you can see what's going on.…
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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