Variable-width mask feathering


show more Variable-width mask feathering provides you with in-depth training on Video. Taught by Chris Meyer as part of the After Effects CS6 New Features show less
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Variable-width mask feathering

Next, I'd like to show you a long-requested, very much-appreciated improvement to masking in After Effects, variable-mask feathering. We have a very moody shot here of a guy standing at the end of the pier. Let's say we want to tightly crop around the pier itself but put a nice heavenly halo around the man. I am going to do Command+Plus or Ctrl+Plus to zoom in a little bit to see what I am doing and quickly select the Pen tool. The shortcut is G. I'll just do some quick corner points for this mask: there, there, cut up, come across, go down, crossed, up, up, to his feet.

Then I am going to start dragging out some Bezier handles on a few points. There, hold down Command on Mac, Ctrl on Windows to break that Bezier handle, and then just do some nice soft masking around him. There is a little point, Command or Ctrl to break the handle, come around to his head, Command or Ctrl, break the point. Let's go ahead and pull that out a little bit as well. Continue clicking around, clic...

Variable-width mask feathering
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Variable-width mask feathering provides you with in-depth training on Video. Taught by Chris Meyer as part of the After Effects CS6 New Features

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Video
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After Effects
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