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Adobe After Effects Basics – Masking Tutorial

Ever since I started putting up After Effects tutorials, I have gotten an increasing number of questions where people seem to get stuck on some of the more fundamental techniques rather than the actual visual effect. So I decided to start a small tutorial series to cover these After Effects Basics for all the new starters out there.

The first topic is masking and I hope you enjoy it :)

Adobe After Effects Basics – Masking (with Batman)

What is masking

All visual effects are created by combining different visual elements together. This allows you to add or remove items to or from your footage and create complex visual illusions for your audience.

In Adobe After Effects, each of these visual elements is represented by a ‘layer’. Layers are placed on top of each other with each one obscuring the layers beneath by default.

However, you can create masks to cut out certain areas of a layer so the ones below will show through. This is called masking :)

Let’s look at how you can create masks in Adobe After Effects!

11 comments for Adobe After Effects Basics – Masking Tutorial

  1. thanks.. neat little tips here

  2. thanks very much that helped a lot can u plz give a brief on motion traking for bignners

  3. Thank you very much for this wonderful tutorial. Exactly what I was looking for.

  4. thank you very much buddy but i have a problem in moving the mask when i am doing the advance car hit how to mask the car and it’s shadow what should i do

  5. Mask Path! That’s what I was looking for!
    Thanks man, you made my day.

  6. Great lesson! Thanks

  7. Hi Tobias
    Thank you for your amazing toturials
    I’ve learned a lot from you!
    But could you Upload the footages of each toturial so that we can download them and exercise?

    • Hi Mostafa, thank you for the feedback. This is a pretty old tutorial, all my new ones usually have the footage attached for practice. For this particular one you can really use any clip you want as it’s more about the concept than the final effect :)

      • Yeah, Thank you again ;))

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