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Creating a Grid

Now you'll give the project some added pizzazz by creating a gridded background. Creating the grid is easy, thanks to the Grid effect, but making the black area around the Saleen car transparent is tricky. You'll start by creating a new composition to contain the work you've done so far, the grid, and the remaining elements of this project, including the company logo and slogans:

1.
Create a new composition named Master, using the NTSC DV, 720×480 composition preset, with Duration 10;00 seconds.

2.
Drag the Car composition into the Master Timeline starting at time 0;00.

3.
Select the Car layer and apply Effect > Adjust > Hue/Saturation. Turn on the effect's Colorize option (under the Master Lightness property), and set the effect's Colorize Hue property to 0 x +140.0

4.
Go to time 0;00, and create a new comp-size Solid layer named Grid that's any color. (The Grid effect that you'll apply to this layer will override the layer's original color.)

5.
Move the Grid layer to the bottom of the layer stack in the Master Timeline.

6.
Apply Effect > Render > Grid to the Grid layer, and set the effect's properties as follows:

Size From: Width & Height Sliders

Border: 3.0

Opacity: 50.0%

Color: Green (RGB: 0, 255, 0)

7.
To fade in the Grid layer, add a 0% Opacity keyframe at time 0;00 and then change the layer's Opacity to 100% at time 0;15.

The underlying grid reveals a black-colored miasma around the car.


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