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Step 3: Altering the Size and Opacity of Each Color Matte

Now that the color mattes are stacked on top of each other, like a layer cake, you can only see the uppermost color matte in the Preview panel. In this section, you will alter the size and opacity of each clip so that they create the beginnings of your Beam of Shimmering Light effect.

Task: Alter the size and opacity by doing the following:

  1. Use the Zoom Slider to fill the Timeline with the clips you have just placed on the three tracks.
  2. Select the light blue color matte on the Third_Layer track by clicking it, and then open the Properties view by clicking the Properties button (see Figure 15).
  3. Dial open the Motion effect parameters by clicking the small triangle next to the word Motion (see Figure 16).
  4. Uncheck the Constrain Proportions box to free up the Scale Width slider, and change the width to around 55.0 (see Figure 17).
  5. Dial open the Opacity parameter controls and alter the opacity to around 65% (see Figure 18).
  6. Repeat steps 2–5 to select and alter the size and opacity of the dark blue color matte on the Second_Layer track (see Figure 19), using these settings:
  7. Scale Width: 50.0

    Opacity: 50.0%

  8. Repeat steps 2–5 to select and alter the size and opacity of the white color matte on the Core track (see Figure 20), using these settings:
  9. Scale Width: 45.0

    Opacity: 100.0%

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