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Tip #992: Mask Basics in Adobe After Effects
Masks are the secret to successful compositing in After Effects.
This article first appeared in MotionArray.com. This is a summary.
In Adobe After Effects, masks are one of the tools you will likely use the most. They either hide or reveal elements of a layer, and can be used in conjunction with animation to create fun, stylish wipes. They’re an incredibly versatile tool but can be a little confusing to get your head around at first.
The article is divided into three sections:
- What is a Mask? A mask is an invisible shape that tells After Effects to only pay attention to a specific section of your composition.
- How to Create and Manage Masks. This is a step-by-step tutorial on using “Reveal Masking” or the Pen tool. It also covers how to work with multiple masks.
- How to Add Animation and Movement. Masks can be animated like other assets in After Effects.
The article has step-by-step illustrations, additional links and a video that shows these techniques in operation.