Multiple inverted masks don't work.

Community Beginner ,
Feb 23, 2018 Feb 23, 2018

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I am trying to put 3 inverted opacity masks on one image but the way the program works right now it won't let you do that.

So the question is - How do you remove multiple parts of an image?

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I shot a music video for a friend with my sony z5u. I got shots when I was there that I planned to green screen myself into later. The reason for green screening myself in is that I am a ghost, so I have the opacity level down on my image. Most of the chroma-key shots dropped in like clockwork but 2 need some masking fx. I got through making one of the three masks on one of the shots and found out quickly when I started the second mask that you can't have 2 inverted masks. I've seen recommendations on other posts to use nesting. I tried it but all it did was move the problem to a new sequence so I am at a loss for how that's supposed to help. I also saw posts that said all you have to do is access a drop down menu that doesn't exist anymore. So that's a no go. Tried other solutions as well and tech support said moving it over to After FX didn't make a difference.
It doesn't seem like it should be this hard to do something so seemingly simple that basic garbage mattes could accomplish 15 years ago. Any help would be appreciated.

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Adobe Community Professional , Feb 23, 2018 Feb 23, 2018
That is correct you can use only one inverted mask on a clip.

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New Here ,
Jun 07, 2019 Jun 07, 2019

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Here's a possible work-around that worked for me when I encountered the same puzzle.

ALT-drag the clip up one layer to stack the clip on top of itself. Do this as many times as you have elements that you want to invert-mask, so if you have THREE elements you want to invert-mask, you'll have FOUR video layers of the same clip (one original layer, and one for each masked element).

On each of the duplicated clips use the mask feature in the OPACITY effect that comes default on every clip (located right under the MOTION effect). Since you're only using one mask on each clip, you can invert each mask.

This may not work if the elements you are invert-masking need to pass over each other -- I don't know how the masks will interact in that case..

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 07, 2019 Jun 07, 2019

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I believe, It easer to make a mask for entire area (inverted) and put others masks up the first (no inverted) for rest pieces from the first mask  (I dont know if i explain right).

Its like rest areas from the first area with the next areas.

Yo he conseguido el efecto de poner varias fotos en una foto con tres marcos, haciendo primero una mask invertida para los tres marcos y luego he ido poniendo mascaras encima para ir restando el resto de los marco.

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Jul 06, 2019 Jul 06, 2019

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The only solution that works in this case seems to nest the sequences. You can keep adding a new inverted mask to each nested sequence.

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May 22, 2021 May 22, 2021

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This right here!

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New Here ,
Nov 17, 2019 Nov 17, 2019

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I FOUND AN EASY SOLUTION! I needed to cut off the top corners of my green screen videos to get rid of the darker green and ran into the same problem. One side was easy to mask in opacity, but I couldn't invert the other. I ended up just ADDING a CROP EFFECT, then I MASKED THE CROP, and did a 100% crop on one side! Works for multiple masks on one crop effect too.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 18, 2019 Nov 18, 2019

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Beware : Masking the crop effect sometimes gives strange results.

 

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New Here ,
May 17, 2020 May 17, 2020

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Having the same problem here...multiple inverted masks would be a very handy feature that I just expected would work!

 

The work around I have gone for is:

Cut out Mask 1 > Nest clip > Mask two on nested clip > and so on

 

Hope this might help anyone else running into this problem

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New Here ,
Sep 24, 2020 Sep 24, 2020

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What am I missing here...  If you can't use them together, why does Premiere let me add them?! Seems to me the problem is that inverting more than interferes with others. 

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New Here ,
Oct 20, 2020 Oct 20, 2020

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Quick and dirty method is to use nesting.

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New Here ,
Jan 31, 2021 Jan 31, 2021

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The way I get around this - I'd be bluring faces in a crowd - is to blur the entire TOP layer and then use multiple masks that ARENT inverted.

Duplicate layer underneath is unblured.   and then mask all the faces I need to blur.  You can have multiple masks as long as they aren't inverted.

 

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New Here ,
Feb 13, 2021 Feb 13, 2021

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idk if this has been said but if you nest your footage you can add another inverted mask onto the nested footage allowing you to add multiple masks in premeire

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New Here ,
Apr 26, 2021 Apr 26, 2021

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I found a way around this.

First apply the first mask, then right clicked and chose Nest to nest the clip. This will make the first mask baked in. Now you could you can apply a second mask and control it independently. However you could no longer adjust the first mask. You can nest multiple times also. 

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Apr 26, 2021 Apr 26, 2021

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Does this help?

https://youtu.be/m0h5JnT82aY

 

Easily cut holes in any mask in Premiere ProThis tutorial will show you how to get past the restriction of adding holes to masks when using the Opacity setti...

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