photo shop clipping masks not importing in after effects

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Nov 09, 2021 Nov 09, 2021

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I have a photo shop file with clipping masks in it assigned to layers and also groups. But the clipping masks are not importing in to after effects even as layers. I have to rasterize the layers/groups in PS and then import it. It is a tedious process and not at all production friendly as the PS files have more than 30 clipping masks and around a 100 such PSD's. Also the groups cannot rasterize as the layers inside the group have to be animated separately. Is there  a solution for this? Any help will be hugely appreciated.

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Nov 09, 2021 Nov 09, 2021

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Clipping masks will be converted to masks if you import PSDs as compositions, with the point being that masks are properties on layers, not footage items. Has never been any different and even that is limited by what specific features the files use otherwise. Complex groups, smart objects, group masks and so on can easily throw things off. This is nothing you can change. You have to design your PSDs with the later AE use in mind or else you run into all sorts of issues. that's just how it is. If you can provide more specific info liek screenshots of your PS layers palette and AE timeline I'm sure we can advise on specific optimizations or different workflows.

 

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Nov 18, 2021 Nov 18, 2021

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Thanks for the reply. Basically AE is not respecting clipping masks assigned to groups. Img01 is the test psd where you can see the clipping mask assigned to a layer and a group. It is respects the mask applied to the individual layer but not on a simple group.(Img02). I have recieved PSD's from artists which have clipping masks assigned to complex groups having multiple groups inside the group and also clipping masks assigned to  some of those internal groups. Its going to be a nightmare of nighmares if I dont find a quick and easy workaround for this.

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Rasterize the masks to a regular layer, assign the result either as track mattes in the parent comp or use the Stencil Alpha belnding mode at the top of the comp's layer stack. Problem solved. Instruct your artists to use proper workflows in the first palce and not just assume that AE would be a version of PS with extra features.

 

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