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Bevis Lowry
Importing masks and adjustment layers from Phototshop into After Effects
on Jun 2, 2014 at 3:52:01 am

Hi there.
I have a video which is a still shot, no panning or tilting.
It is of trees, mountains and clouds. I'd like to have different levels adjustments for for the trees (which are darkers) and the mountains and clouds (which are lighter)
So I would like to make a very precise mask so I can adjust the levels separately for the different elements.
I'm more familiar with the masking tools in photoshop, so I would prefer to do my work there, using a still image from the video which is the same dimensions as the video. I can set up adjustment layers with masks above the original image and get everything just right. Because the video isn't moving, that same mask could serve for the whole duration of the video.
So my question is: can I import these masked adjustment layers into after effects to use them on the final video? (AFX, after all, also has adjustment layers and masks).
And if, alas, that isn't possible, how might I use masks from photoshops to selectively apply effects like levels, within AFX.
Thanks for your help!
Bevis


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Michael Szalapski
Re: Importing masks and adjustment layers from Phototshop into After Effects
on Jun 2, 2014 at 6:08:29 pm

You can use layers in Photoshop as track mattes for adjustment layers in AE.

You can use the rotobrush and the refine matte tool in AE to make your own masking.

You might be able to do what you want with luma keying in AE as well.

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Bevis Lowry
Re: Importing masks and adjustment layers from Phototshop into After Effects
on Jun 3, 2014 at 1:35:42 am

Thanks Michael,
Great. I got it now. Looks great.
Bevis



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Michael Szalapski
Re: Importing masks and adjustment layers from Phototshop into After Effects
on Jun 3, 2014 at 1:44:46 pm

It does look good!

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