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Chapter 7. Animated Columns > Building the Columns

Building the Columns

It's time to create the animated masks that serve as sliding windows over the footage. To make it easier for you to keep track of which mask in the Timeline represents a mask in the composition, you'll turn on a preference that's new in After Effects 6.5:

1.
Choose Edit > Preferences > User Interface Colors, and select Cycle Mask Colors.

Now, every time you draw a new mask, one of five colors will be used to identify the mask in the Timeline and in the Composition or Layer window. This will come in handy in the next section when you begin animating the masks.

2.
Go to time 0;00, and double-click the Sequence Comp layer in the Master Comp Timeline to open it in a layer window. (Alternatively, you can complete this section in the Composition window; but the Layer window gives you more control.)

3.
Click the Rectangular Mask tool in the Tools palette. Draw a vertical column starting below the bottom edge of the composition area and extending above the top edge of the composition.

Drawing the first mask in the Sequence Comp's layer window

4.
Draw four more columns that also span beyond the top and bottom edge of the comp. Place them in other areas of the composition, and make them varying widths.

Five masks with unique colors in the Sequence Comp layer


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