4 Replies Latest reply on Nov 14, 2015 4:12 PM by LaciG

    Change mask color?

    LaciG Level 1

      I added a mask layer to a footage. It shows the portion of the footage that I want to show. My question: Is there an easy way to change the black color (the part of the footage that is "masked out") to another color (e.g. white)? I apologize for this naïve question but this is the first time I am playing with mask layers. I would appreciate any help. (Maybe there is another way to achieve what I want to do?) Thanks, Laci.

        • 1. Re: Change mask color?
          Dave LaRonde Level 6

          Your comp's background color is probably set to black, so the black stuff indicates transparency.  You can change the background to white in the comp settings if you want.  But I'd just use the Photoshop-style checkerboard pattern to indicate transparency.  You see a toggoe swith icon for it at the bottom of the comp window.

          • 2. Re: Change mask color?
            LaciG Level 1

            Thanks Dave!

            That " black"  area is really a transparent area (and I was even wondering about that what would happen if I had put a layer behind just when your answer arrived)! So you taught me more than I was asking about (I can put even clouds there). Well, I started experimenting/learning Ae only a few weeks ago (created a revolving globe with text spinning around, 3D text, etc., but today is the first time I was using mask layers). Just one more silly question: I couldn't change the transparent area to the checker board  pattern with the toggle switch/mode icon in the bottom .

            Thanks again,


            • 3. Re: Change mask color?
              Dave LaRonde Level 6

              If you KNOW you have transparency, but that "Toggle Transparency Grid" switch isn't working.... well, it could be a bug.  AE CC 2015 has plenty of 'em.


              Another way to check transparency is to toggle another switch at the bottom of the comp window -- it has red, blue & green circles intersecting.  When you click on it, select Alpha.  You'll see a B&W display in the comp.  White indicates total opacity, black indicates total transparency, shades of grey indicate semi-transparent.  An all-white screen means you have NO transparency.

              • 4. Re: Change mask color?
                LaciG Level 1

                Thanks! (I noticed your answer only today because I have no e-mail notifications anymore - maybe you have a trick to get back my old email notifications when I get an answer/comment on my posts .) Thanks again, Laci.