This CoGe tutorial (version 1.7+) demonstrates 3 different techniques to layer your visuals with masks or mattes. By using black and white content, we can display content through the white areas of footage with these various masking methods. The first technique involves using the Multiply blend mode to mask all layers below a black and white mask layer. The second demonstration explains how to use the “Mask with Layer” effect to select specific layers we wish to mask. The last technique shows how to create a mask overlay using an alpha channel that reveals the bottom layers only in the transparent areas while keeping masked content on top. We show how this techniques can be applied to a plain white logo to make it more visually interesting.

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