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Charles FerranMask on an invisible layer?
by on Jun 2, 2014 at 11:31:13 pm

I feel sooooo dumb today!

Can't believe I couldn't figure this out.

Anyway, what I'm trying to accomplish is this: I have a bunch of headshot pictures coming down, they're all slightly different sizes and I want them all to fall from the top of the comp and land on the same horizontal spot, with a mask there to cut off the excess trim of the pictures on the bottom.

How I 'feel' it should work: I create a new solid then place a mask on it where I want the trim to happen. Works great 'cept now I've got half of a solid color I can't seem to get rid of. "oh, easy" says my simple reptilian brain, I'll just drop the opacity of the solid... mask opacity fades away as well... ehhh... *brain melts*

Any help?

Charles Ferran
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Kevin CampRe: Mask on an invisible layer?
by on Jun 2, 2014 at 11:44:06 pm

there are transfer modes called 'stencil alpha' and 'silhouette alpha' (near the bottom of the list of modes).

try moving your solid above the layers to get cropped, then trying one of those transfer modes.

Kevin Camp
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Charles FerranRe: Mask on an invisible layer?
by on Jun 2, 2014 at 11:52:56 pm

thank you! worked perfectly! Used Silhouette Alpha and put all the images in a separate comp, one solid on top and bottom, they fall into view. Looks great! need to remember this tip.

Charles Ferran
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