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Gareth Randall
Does Motion 4 understand clipping paths?
on Jul 19, 2012 at 10:16:16 pm

I've downloaded a few images from Shutterstock that are listed as having clipping paths, but when I import them into Motion 4, there is no transparency. Does Motion actually understand clipping paths?



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Mark Spencer
Re: Does Motion 4 understand clipping paths?
on Jul 19, 2012 at 10:20:19 pm

No, you need to use Photoshop to cut out the background and then save to a format that maintains the transparency (alpha) information, like .psd or .png. I'd recommend .png.

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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Gareth Randall
Re: Does Motion 4 understand clipping paths?
on Jul 20, 2012 at 12:21:12 pm

Thanks Mark. I've barely touched Photoshop in years, and I only ever did very basic stuff with it back then, but presumably there's a specific process for using it to convert a clipping path to an alpha channel?



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Mark Spencer
Re: Does Motion 4 understand clipping paths?
on Jul 20, 2012 at 12:48:23 pm

Yes, you load the path as a mask, invert the selection, and delete the background (make sure to make the layer editable first by double-clicking it).

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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Gareth Randall
Re: Does Motion 4 understand clipping paths?
on Jul 20, 2012 at 1:01:21 pm

Great, thanks! :)



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