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Creating & Using Masks in After Effects

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This tutorial was made as a direct request from a former user of Final Cut Pro who wanted to know how to mask in an efficient way in After Effects. Andrew demonstrates the tools to quickly create masks in After Effects along with the keyboard short cuts needed to make the process quick and efficient. Then, Andrew shows how to take the masks that have been created and use them on other layers so that only the masked areas are selected by using the exact same information as produced with the original mask. Note, this technique also respects any animation that may have been applied to the original mask while leaving the ability to change the mask's size, opacity and feathering as needed.



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Comments

@Creating & Using Masks in After Effects
by Claire Sheppard
Thankyou so much Andrew.. this was brilliant and a huge help to me, an absolute novice at this stuff... beautifully instructed and demonstrated... thankyou, very very much...under the gun to produce an assignment and this hit the spot at my first search...thumbs up!
@Claire Sheppard
by Andrew Devis
Hi Claire

Really pleased the tutorial hit the nail on the head for you :o) Hope this and all your other assignment works out well for you.

Andrew

... because it's all about stories ...
Re: Creating & Using Masks in After Effects
by Andrew Devis
Hi Steve

thanks for the comment, I use SonicFirePro from Smartsounds to get my music. The music for this tutorials is called 'Sundowner' if you want to look it up.

Hope this helps
Andrew

... because it's all about stories ...
Re: Creating & Using Masks in After Effects
by Stephen Brown
Andrew--I watch all your tutorials. Another great explination.

cheers...steveb

ps..where can I get you intro music..I love it.
Re: Creating & Using Masks in After Effects
by Andrew Devis
Hi Steve

I guess the more tips we know the faster we work. I know I'm still learning ... not sure you ever stop with After Effects!

Andrew

... because it's all about stories ...
Re: Creating & Using Masks in After Effects
by Andrew Devis
Hi Kirk

I'm really pleased you found it useful, I did wonder if it was needed but am pleased to see it is getting watched and seems to be helpful.

Andrew

... because it's all about stories ...
Re: Creating & Using Masks in After Effects
by Steve Lidrbauch
Thank you Andrew,

belive it or not, I had no idea that holding CTRL while working on a mask would give you the option of repositioning points. I really appreciate the tip!

Steve Lidrbauch
Re: Creating & Using Masks in After Effects
by Kirk Brady
Thanks, Andrew. Nice, clear explanation. Very useful.

Kirk


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