How To Create A Mask On Top Of A Shape Layer in After Effects

In this post, I will show you How To Create A Mask On Top Of A Shape Layer in After Effects. So without any further ado, let’s dive right in!

Alright, so we are in After Effects. Quick warning, this tip is going to be very quick.

First, I am going to start out by drawing a shape into my composition with the Star Tool.

Star Tool in After EffectsDrawing a star inside of After Effects composition

Next, I am going to select the star Shape Layer 1 again.

Selecting Shape Layer in After Effects

And this time I am going to select the Rectangle Tool.

Selecting Rectangle Tool in After Effects

By the way, the same thing applies to the Pencil Tool

Pencil Tool in After Effects

or Rounded Tool, Rectangle Tool, Ellipse Tool, and Polygon Tool.

Tools in After Effects

So I am going to select the Rectangle Tool

Selecting Rectangle Tool in After Effects

and then instead of having this Tool Creates Shape,

Tool Creates Shape in After Effects

I am going to select the Tool Creates Mask.

Tool Creates Mask in After Effects

So I am going to click on the Tool Creates Mask icon and now I can easily draw masks right on top of my shape layer without any kind of problems.

Creating Masks on Top of a Shape Layer in After Effects Creating Masks on Top of a Shape Layer in Adobe After Effects

It is that simple! I hope you found this How To Create A Mask On Top Of A Shape Layer in After Effects post 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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