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How do you crop shapes?

Jan 29, 2013 7:47 AM

I was making a video the other day and I wanted to crop an image so it would fit into a thought bubble I had put on the screen. but I was only able to figure out how to crop top, left, right and bottom. I wasn't able to crop in shapes at all. How do you do this?

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    Jan 29, 2013 8:04 AM   in reply to DanielFilming

    Crop Effect will be limited to a rectangle, with adjustments made to Top - Bottom - Right - Left.


    To get a Shape, look into Track Matte Keying Effect, and create a Track Matte in the shape that is desired.


    Good luck,



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    Jan 29, 2013 8:46 AM   in reply to DanielFilming

    To crop around an image, instead of using a track matte, you might be happier with a garbage matte. If it is extremely detailed you might want the 16 point garbage matte. The 8 point is usually enough for most things and the 4 point for simple shapes.


    The titler has full bezier curve controls. I don't have time right now to do a great job, but this was done with the pen tool - I did not make any curves because I don't have the time but I could have made the curves follow my head in a very accurate and detailed shape.



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    Jan 29, 2013 11:25 AM   in reply to DanielFilming

    Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Tutorial – The Track Matte Key Effect


    Click on the link above and watch the tutorial.



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    Jan 29, 2013 3:19 PM   in reply to DanielFilming

    How to draw shapes with a curve:



    When you draw your shape its a open bezier

    when you are finished its a closed bezier

    When you turn it into a shape to use as a matte for the track matte effect you change the Graphic Type to filled bezier and set the color to pure white.

    If you need to animate the matte you place a garbage matte on a white solid instead of using the Titler. Unfortunately the garbage matte does not go beyond 16 points and no bezier handles.

    You can feather a matte by adding a Fast/Gaussian Blur to the shape.


    open bezier.png


    closed bezier.png


    filled bezier.png

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