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Lesson 2. About Digital Video Editing > Understanding transparency and superimp...

Understanding transparency and superimposing

Transparency allows a clip (or any part of it) to reveal a second, underlying clip, so that you can create composites, transitions, or other effects. Several kinds of transparency are possible in Premiere:

Matte or mask A matte or mask is an image that specifies transparent or semitransparent areas for another image. For example, if you want to superimpose an object in one clip over the background of another clip, you can use a mask to remove the background of the first clip. You can use other still-image or motion graphics software to create a still-image or moving (traveling) matte and apply it to a clip in your Premiere project. In a mask, black areas are transparent, white areas are opaque, and gray areas are semitransparent—darker areas are more transparent than lighter areas. You can use shades of gray to create feathered (soft-edged) or graduated masks.


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