Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Stencil Luma, part of After Effects Apprentice 05: Creating Transparency.
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So by now you're familiar with the concept of what a track matte does.…It's a pair of layers where the layer on top contributes transparency…either through its alpha channel or its luminance values and that is used…as a new alpha for the layer immediately underneath. A variation on this…theme are stencils.…Stencils cut out everything underneath, not just a single layer that happens to…be underneath the transparency layer.…Let's see that at work.…I am going to open up a new comp here.…11-Stencil Luma*starter.…
Just to show you what I've done I've created an interesting little composite here.…I've taken our Cityscape layer and used an Invert effect to make it look more…graphical, and then I applied the VirtualInsanity layer on top and used a blend…mode, Overlay, to make things look more interesting.…Blend modes were discussed in the Layer Control lesson.…Let's say I want to track matte to cut through both of these layers.…Well, I could apply it twice and have it cut out each of these individually,…
The After Effects Apprentice series was created by Trish and Chris Meyer. The tutorials are designed to be used independently and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice.
- 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
Skill Level Beginner
After Effects Apprentice 07: Parentingwith Chris Meyer1h 40m Intermediate
Overview Updated1m 5s
1. Masking 101
2. Free-Form Masking
3. Variable-Mask Feathering in After Effects CS6
4. Managing Multiple Masks
5. Masks and Effects
6. Track Mattes
8. Mask Tracking in After Effects CC
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