2 Replies Latest reply on Dec 4, 2011 1:03 AM by Mylenium

    Masking not working




      I would like to know what I'm doing wrong. I am a beginner who is trying to learn about after effects. I want to mask something, but it only works inside the "layer" and not the composition.


      Here are two screen shots:


      in the layer:




      in the composition:




      Is there a setting that is not turned on or something? What am i doing wrong. Also I'm trying to make a directional fade. After effects only offers a opacity setting to fade the entire screen where I want to fade for example starting on the left and ending on the right. I was planning on creating a mask with a lot of feathering to reveal the layer underneath, but I'm open to better suggestions.





        • 1. Re: Masking not working
          Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          It's really hard to tell what's going on because your masks are the same color. Click on one of the little squares next to the Mask and make it a different color so we can tell which is which.


          Also, we can't see what layers are below your masked footage. Is it possible that there's a duplicate of the layer you are masking?

          • 2. Re: Masking not working
            Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

            Anything going on with effects? Some effects simply bypass/ignore masks. And a "directional fade" or more correctly linear wipe can easily be done with teh effect of same name.