Mask effect
With the help of mask layers we can create animated effect in which an object in our movie hides and reveals with time. A mask layer can also produce spotlight effects . A mask layer hides everything on the layers linked to the mask layer. Mask layers can contain only a single shape.
Create a mask effect over text
(i) Type your name in layer 1.
(ii) Take fifty blank frames in layer 1(press F5 key 50 times).
(iii) Lock layer 1.
(iv) Add a new layer named "Layer 2".(note: layer 2 must be above the layer 1, if not drag it over layer 1)
(v) In layer 2 draw an oval on the left side of work area.
(vii) Select oval by arrow tool.
(viii) From "insert menu" choose "convert to symbol" and "graphic" as behaviour.
(ix) Click frame 1 of layer 2, move oval to right by arrow tool ( about 0.5 inch).
(x) Click frame 10 and press "F6" key of layer 2 .Now move oval to right ( about 1.00 inch) by right arrow key on your keyboard.
(xi) Click frame 20 and press "F6" key of layer 2 .Now move oval to right ( about 1.00 inch) by right arrow key on your keyboard.
(xii) Click frame 30 and press "F6" key of layer 2 .Now move oval to right ( about 1.00 inch) by right arrow key on your keyboard.
(xiii) Click frame 40 and press "F6" key of layer 2 .Now move oval to right ( about 1.00 inch) by right arrow key on your keyboard.
Click frame 50 and press "F6".
(xiv) Right click on each keyframe 1, 10, 20, 30 and 40 one by one and choose "create motion tween".
(xv) Right click layer 2 and choose "mask".
(xvi) Test your movie.
Create a mask effect over an image
(i) Import a "gif" image.
(ii) If it has a large size, reduce its size to your requirement.
(iii) Repeat step (ii) to step (xvi)
You can use any object as a mask. It is not necessary to draw an oval or rectangle for masking.
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