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Preventing a Mask From Animating

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Aug 19, 2010

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This should be pretty simple, but I'm having no luck.

I selected a layer with some text on and then created a mask over it making the text invisible.

Then when I want to animate the text and move it from behind the mask so it's now visible the mask moves with it. Is there any way to keep the mask in it's place and not move with the text.

I also tried creating a mask layer not attached to the text layer itself, but that wasn't working either. I couldn't get the mask to hide or reveal anything.

Any help would be much appreciated.

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Ray

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Correct answer by Andrew Yoole | Adobe Community Professional

Create a comp size solid above your text layer.  Apply the mask to the solid.  Set the Track Matte setting of your text layer to Alpha Matte.  The text layer will now adopt the alpha channel of the masked solid.  You can freely animate the text and mask independently.

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Preventing a Mask From Animating

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This should be pretty simple, but I'm having no luck.

I selected a layer with some text on and then created a mask over it making the text invisible.

Then when I want to animate the text and move it from behind the mask so it's now visible the mask moves with it. Is there any way to keep the mask in it's place and not move with the text.

I also tried creating a mask layer not attached to the text layer itself, but that wasn't working either. I couldn't get the mask to hide or reveal anything.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks,

Ray

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Correct answer by Andrew Yoole | Adobe Community Professional

Create a comp size solid above your text layer.  Apply the mask to the solid.  Set the Track Matte setting of your text layer to Alpha Matte.  The text layer will now adopt the alpha channel of the masked solid.  You can freely animate the text and mask independently.

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Create a comp size solid above your text layer.  Apply the mask to the solid.  Set the Track Matte setting of your text layer to Alpha Matte.  The text layer will now adopt the alpha channel of the masked solid.  You can freely animate the text and mask independently.

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Thanks, Andrew. Brilliant suggestion!

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Helpfull..:)

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Is there any other way to prevent the mask from animating as all the other elements on the screen are also hiding with this technique.

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Share fullnscreenshots to explain your issue.

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This feels like way too many steps. 

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Unfortunately, Andrew it doesn't work. It is not the correct answer.

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I've been trying to figure this out for the past 2 hours. For any beginners like myself I will explain Ray's wonderful tactic, broken down to the most minute of details.

1.Make a shape layer where you want your text to appear

2.Move that layer directly above the text layer
3.Right click the text layer, hover over mask and then click new mask

4.Click on your text layer and go into the layer flyout at the top of the screen

6.Click track matte then, alpha

7.Move the text in and out of where the shape layer, (now mask), is to reveal and hide

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This breakdown was incredibly helpful. Thanks Michelle!

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Just a heads up -- a really simple solution I figured out because as a noob I did not understand andrews method: pre-compose your text layer and add a mask to the pre-composed layer as you did before. The mask will not take on the animation any longer. Cheers!

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