Tutorial: Creating Masks in Adobe After Effects

EventDV By Luisa Winters AEHave you ever wondered how to carve out a dancing couple in a wedding reception video, and make them pop by blurring the background behind them? Because moving pictures move, creating masks in video sequences is more challenging than creating masks in still images in Photoshop or other image editors. In this intermediate tutorial, Adobe certified instructor Luisa Winters explains how to create animated masks in Adobe After Effects. In wedding and event videography we have many opportunities to express our creativity, and one of them is by the use of masks. Masks are outlines, or paths, that modify a layer's Alpha Channel. In other words, masks can "cut" parts of your video out so that other video or images can show through. In After Effects, a mask belongs to a specific layer, but each layer can contain multiple masks. read more...

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