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Tip #181: The New Area Brush in Mocha Pro 2020

Tracking is easy, selecting the shape is the really hard part.

The Area Brush in action, selecting multiple portions of a moving image.
The Area Brush in action, selecting multiple portions of a moving image.

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New to Mocha Pro 2020 is the Area Brush with Quick Mask. Area Brush is designed to speed up and simplify Mocha shape creation for planar tracking and masking projects with simple paint strokes.

The power of the Area Brush is the ability to quickly create multiple add or subtract shapes on the same Mocha layer for advanced tracking. Here are some tips to use it effectively.

  • Select the Area Brush and paint on-screen If you have a Wacom tablet, the brush will scale based on pressure sensitivity.
  • Click on the Quick Mask button OR any other tool to convert your paint to spline and begin tracking.

Keystroke/Shortcuts

  • [ – scale brush radius down
  • ] – scale brush radius up

Subtract from the mask in Quick Mask Mode:

  • Alt + paint (Windows)
  • Option + paint (macOS)

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