Yes, I know, my subject line was vague.
Layer 1, the top layer is a masked solid, set at about 40% Opacity.
Below it is Layer 2, the cartoon character.
Below that is Layer 3, the background.
Is there a way that the top layer (a black solid at 40% Opacity) can only affect Layer 2 just below it, the cartoon character... and NOT affect the Layer 3, the Background Layer?
(See, it's supposed to look like a shadow that is cast over part of the cartoon character, but I don't want the shadow being seen over the background.)
just try to make those two objects in a new comp. then, put the new comp above your background..
Use a duplicate of the cartoon character as a matte for the solid....