Very simple question, is there a way to make a layer set matte to all layers underneath it, whether this be a blending mode or effect, it needs to stay inside the comp as well.
For example, I have this fur texture I want to apply to all the parts of this cat character underneath the eyes, If I precompose and use a singular track matte, It will cover the eyes and won't take adjustment layers into account.
Hiya Charles Okland! Yes, you can make a layer set matte to all layers underneath it in After Effects. Here's how:
Place the layer you want to use as the matte on top of the layers you want to apply it to.
Set the layer's blending mode to "Stencil Alpha" or "Silhouette Alpha" (depending on your preference).
With the matte layer selected, hold down the "Alt" key (Windows) or "Option" key (Mac) and click on the "Toggle Switches/Modes" button in the bottom left of the Layers panel. This will reveal the Track Matte dropdown menu.
Select "Alpha Matte" or "Luma Matte" from the Track Matte dropdown menu, depending on the type of layer you're using as the matte.
Adjust the matte layer as necessary to achieve the desired effect.
This should make the matte layer affect all layers underneath it, taking adjustment layers into account. Keep me posted,