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Creating An Image Mask In Motion 2

With help from the Dashboard tool, you can easily create masks to add depth and style to your graphics in Motion 2.

1 Select a clip in the Motion timeline on which you want to perform the mask.

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2 Go to Object > Add Image Mask. Press F6 to reveal the full Motion Timeline and you will see that an Image Mask object has been placed under the clip object that you have selected.

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3 Click once on the image Mask to select it and you will see that the Dashboard Tool has been changed to the proper controls for the image mask object, complete with an area for you to designate a mask source.

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4 Next, Import the clip that you wish to use as the mask source into Motion by way of the File Browser or just simply apply an element from the Motion Library. Keep in mind that whatever you import into Motion will be placed at the current position of the playhead, so highlight the main timeline and push the home key so the effect will begin on the first frame. You will see upon import of a new object that not only has it been placed in the Canvas but also in the Layer Tab of the Project Pane. Press COMMAND 4 to reveal the Project Pane and click on the Layers tab to reveal the mask source you have just imported.

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5 With the Image Mask object in the main Timeline still selected, drag the clip you will be using as the mask source from the Layers Tab in the Project Pane to the mask source area of the Dashboard. Play through your piece by pressing the home key to start at the first frame of your project, then hit the space bar to play.

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Tweak this effect in the Dashboard until it looks the way you had envisioned.

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