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Hour 11. Matting and Masks > Channels and Masks

Channels and Masks

Some of you already are familiar with channels because you've used them in print or digital design. However, Web designers and design newcomers may know little about them. Although channels involve complex technology and the details could take up many a chapter, I'm going to introduce the concept here so that you can understand some of the method behind LiveMotion's use of channels to create specific effects.

Channels exist to store colors within sophisticated graphic design software applications such as Adobe Photoshop (see Figure 11.1). Depending on the kind of color in use, a different number of channels is defined.


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