- Displaying Information in the Project Panel
- Finding Items in a Project
- Sorting Footage in the Project Panel
- Organizing Footage in Folders
- Renaming and Removing Items
- Proxies and Placeholders
- Viewing Footage
- Opening Footage in the Original Application
- The Footage Panel
- Cueing Motion Footage
- Magnifying an Image
- Viewing Safe Zones and Grids
- Rulers and Guides
- Viewing Transparency
- Correcting for Pixel Aspect Ratios
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 ).
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 ).
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 ( 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.
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.