Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Targeting masks for animation, part of After Effects Apprentice 05: Creating Transparency.
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I want to show you a few more tricks in using masks.…We are going to start off with a couple issues you may run into while animating…masks that will drive you crazy if you don't know what's going on.…Let's say you've created the mask shape and you'd like to animate this mask over…time, to say maybe go to another flower, follow movement, etc.…First thing you need to do is type M to reveal the mask path and then enable…the animation stopwatch for your mask path.…Now I can't see anything else on the frame, because I've masked out the rest of the frame.…So I'm going to double-click the layer, open up the Layer panel, and now I can…see what else is in my frame.…
I've got the Render switch turned off so I can see other objects.…Let's say for sake of argument later in time like around one second, I want…this mask shape to transfer over to one of these other flowers.…If I was going to accomplish that by merely transforming or otherwise editing…this mask, it will go fine.…I am going to double-click it, pick it up and move it, scale it down to get…
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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