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Chapter 9. Mask Essentials > Locking and Hiding Masks

Locking and Hiding Masks

Because you can place several masks in the same layer, it can become difficult to isolate the one you want to modify. Starting with version 4.1, you can lock masks, both to protect them from any unintentional changes, and to make it easier to select one of the other unlocked masks. In the Time Layout window, a lock icon appears next to a locked mask. If it's still too hard to isolate the mask you want to use, you can hide locked masks. Although hiding locked masks conceals them in the Layer window, they still function normally, and their effects can be seen in the composition.

To lock masks:

1.
In the Layer window or Time Layout window, select the mask you want to lock.

2.
Do one of the following things:

In the Time Layout window, click to the left of the selected mask name to make the lock icon appear (Figure 9.72).

Figure 9.72. Click in the box to the left of the mask's name to toggle the lock icon on and off.


Choose Layer > Mask > Locked.

To lock the unselected masks contained in the layer, Choose Layer > Mask > Lock Other Masks (Figure 9.73).

Figure 9.73. Choose Layer > Mask > Lock Other Masks to lock the unselected masks.


Locked masks become deselected and cannot be modified until they are unlocked.


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