I want to create a transparent solid, however I still want it to hide the objects underneath it. I just need an object to appear out of what looks like "thin air". Does anyone know how to pull this off
Figured it out myself. Add a mask, and mark off the Invert button that is found in the Timeline Settings for that layer. I'm a dumb-dumb.
Consider if you really need it behind a solid layer. Opasity may be a simpler option. drill down the layer options and the parameter is 0 clear to 100 full. This may be easier than adding a mask.