Publishers of technology books, eBooks, and videos for creative people

Home > Articles > Digital Audio, Video > Adobe After Effects

  • Print
  • + Share This
This chapter is from the book

Viewing Transparency

In Chapter 2, you learned that the footage items you import can retain almost every aspect of their source files, including transparency. In the Footage panel, transparency always appears as black ( Figure 3.80 ).

03_80_transpgridoff.jpg

Figure 3.80 In the Footage panel, transparent areas of the image appear as black.

However, if the black background isn't convenient, you can toggle the transparent areas to appear as a checkerboard pattern, or transparency grid ( Figure 3.81 ).

03_81_transpgridon.jpg

Figure 3.81 You can also make transparent areas appear as a checkerboard pattern, or transparency grid. This also works in the Composition and Layer panels.

Like many of the other buttons in the Footage panel, the Toggle Transparency Grid button is also available in the Layer and Composition panels. However, in contrast to the Footage panel, you can set the Composition panel's background to any color. The next chapter revisits viewing transparency and other unique aspects of the Composition panel.

To toggle the transparency grid:

  • In the Footage, Composition, or Layer panel, click the Toggle Transparency Grid button vwr_transparency.jpg ( Figure 3.82 ).

    When the Toggle Transparency Grid button is selected, transparent areas appear as a checkerboard pattern; when the button isn't selected, transparent areas appear black in a Footage or Layer panel. In a Composition panel, transparent areas appear as the color you set.

03_82_transgridbutton.jpg

Figure 3.82 Click the Toggle Transparency Grid button to toggle between showing transparent areas as black (in the Footage panel, or as the specified background color in the Composition panel) and showing them as a checkerboard pattern.

  • + Share This
  • 🔖 Save To Your Account