CC Composite Effect in After Effects

In this quick post, I will go over the CC Composite Effect that allows us to do compositing all in one single layer. Let me show you what I am talking about.

In this example, we have a simple vector logo.

Step 1: Apply a fill effect to the vector logo.

Step 2: Change the color of the fill to #868686.

Step 3: Draw a mask on top of the vector.

Step 4: Duplicate the mask.

Step 5: Subtract from the first mask.

Step 6: Adjust feather.

Step 7: Apply CC Composite.

Think of the CC Composite as our LOGO layer in its original state before we applied all effects to it.

So the CC Composite layer is in the original state but the problem is that it is only visible in the RGB Only, so we need to uncheck the RGB Only checkbox in order for it to be visible in Alpha as well.

Now we are able do things with it. For example, we can put things behind all of our changes.

We can also use different blending modes like Add.

Just like this we’ve created something very interesting. You can keep going by applying even more effects like Bevel Alpha and Drop Shadow.

Also, we can instantly convert the whole thing into one single preset. I hope you found this tip useful!

About the author:

Sergei Prokhnevskiy

Sergei Prokhnevskiy is a Charlotte, NC based motion graphics designer, an online tutor, an entrepreneur, and Adobe MAX Master Speaker. Sergei is known for his quick and practical After Effects tips and tricks on YouTube, where he generated well over 6 million views on his tutorials. He has authored an online video course on After Effects Expressions and developed scripts for After Effects. He is also a former senior motion graphics designer at Fox Sports where he worked on graphics for NFL, Super Bowl, MLB, World Series, College Football, NASCAR, Women’s World Cup, and NASCAR Race Hub. He is very passionate about learning and teaching others.


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