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Kyle TobiasMasking a single layer in a complex comp.
by on Apr 19, 2012 at 6:59:16 pm

OK I'm working on animating this (I'm still learning so I know a lot of things could be improved).

http://null-entity.deviantart.com/gallery/?catpath=scraps#/d4w0y76

I am trying to add a few rotating glowing layers to the top layer of the city (the traffic), and as such am making it with an image layer rotating around the central building (on a 3D layer).

So I'm trying to put a mask over it to block out where the buildings would obscure it, ... Mask layer on top of the rotating "lights"

my question is two parts.

As I cannot make the mask layer "IN" the lights layer as it then rotates with the whole layer, so how do I make a seperate layer that I can draw out with the pen tool ?

Secondly how do I mask just that ONE layer in the comp/target the mask at the image layer or the other way round.

It's driving me nuts I have been stuck on this for 2 days now.

Thanks in advance.


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Benjamin AusmithRe: Masking a single layer in a complex comp.
by on Apr 19, 2012 at 7:38:39 pm

Track mattes. http://library.creativecow.net/mcauliffe_kevin/You-Ask-I-Answer_Track-Matte...

Benjamin Ausmith
Post-Production Assistant
Monadnock Media, inc.


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Kyle TobiasRe: Masking a single layer in a complex comp.
by on Apr 19, 2012 at 9:31:12 pm

Perfect thanks :D.

Saved me screming at the monitor for hours more :D.


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