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Jake Buchanan
Simple mask feather giving hard edges
on Aug 12, 2014 at 9:58:06 am

I have done this technique to create a simple vignette to soften edges in aftereffects and since upgrading to Aftereffects CC I am having some problems with the edge of the mask giving me a horrible hard edge. It does not make much sense to me. Also the same problem when adding a radial ramp to a soild layer, am i missing somthing simple?

to create a simple vignette i am....

Creating black solid - add mask - subtract mask - set opacity - add mask feather.

Am i missing any simple setting that have changes since updating from CS6 to cc?

Any help appreciated it is driving me mad.

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Derek Boettcher
Re: Simple mask feather giving hard edges
on Sep 13, 2014 at 5:37:31 am

Changing the opacity can cause banding issues, so without seeing settings or images, that is probably what I would nix. Instead of choosing such a dark solid maybe try a lighter gray. Another technique would be to use a blur on an unfeathered edge and increase the blurriness to increase the feather. Box blur is probably best, as you can repeat the edge pixels. I don't know if that solves your problems, but let me know if I can provide any other ideas or advise.

Derek Boettcher
Creative Management
BTH Media Group

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