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Chapter 9. Mask Essentials > Using Masks from Photoshop and Illustrator

Using Masks from Photoshop and Illustrator

You can copy paths from Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator and paste them as a layer mask in After Effects. Why not just import the file as a still image? By pasting a path as a layer mask, you can utilize After Effects'ability to animate its shape, feather, and opacity.

To use a mask from Illustrator or Photoshop:

1.
In Illustrator or Photoshop, select the paths you want to copy (Figure 9.67).

Figure 9.67. Copy a path from Photoshop, or Illustrator (shown here)…


2.
Choose Edit > Copy.

3.
In After Effects, view a layer in a Layer window.

4.
Choose Edit > Paste.

The mask is pasted into the Layer window (Figure 9.68).

Figure 9.68. …and paste it into After Effects as a mask.



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