After Effects Masking & Rotoscoping Tutorials Roundup

Rotoscoping and masking in After Effects. Image credit: Counselling

Masking is one of the basics that every After Effects user should know. Sure, rotoscoping a pain and it takes a while, but there are some super useful things you should know about masking to help your workflow. We’re going to talk about multiple uses of masks in After Effects, plus a few for tutorials for Premiere Pro. We’ll also talk about Mocha Pro and Silhouette FX if you need something more robust for rotoscoping.

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Learn to Mask in Adobe After Effects CC

Nathaniel Dodson at goes into more of the basics of masking in After Effects. If you’re new to masking, watch this tutorial first.

5 Masking Hacks you might NOT know about

The always entertaining Jordy Vandeput has a new tutorial on some hacks for masking. He has tips for smoothing the edges, using the mask feather tool, and more.

Quick and Easy Garbage Mattes in After Effects

This is a pretty old tutorial about making easy garbage mattes. It may be old but the method still works great! It’s a major shortcut to creating animated garbage mattes.

A FASTER way to MASK in After Effects

Josh at Olufemii Tutorials has a tutorial about “segmented” masking. I highly recommend this method. Basically you’re masking the head, arms, torso, etc., separately… not in one big mask. He has some fantastic tips for masking workflow here, like putting the mask on an adjustment layer.

FRAME BLOCKING and MASKING – Editing Tutorial

I tell ya, the quality of tutorials has gone up exponentially in the past few years! The footage quality is awesome. In this tutorial, Miko Tiotangco shows you how to animate masks for transitions.

ADVANCED MASKING Techniques | After Effects

Andrew James reiterates some of the other mask tips from Josh and Jordy, like segmented masking, bisecting the timeline, and he throws a few other tips in here.

Rotoscoping & Masking Tips for AE Mocha Pro 2019

If you have a ton of rotoscoping to do, a great option is using Mocha Pro with After Effects. It will speed up your workflow in a big way! In this tutorial, Mary Poplin at Boris FX explains how to roto with Mocha. Mocha Pro is a planar tracker with Roto tools. It’s standalone software with a plug-in option for Adobe After Effects & Premiere Pro

Boris Mocha Pro
Boris Mocha Pro

Mocha Pro is the ideal masking tool for effects or color correction. When linked to Mocha’s planar tracking, X-Spline & Bezier shapes inherit motion and perspective, dramatically reducing manual keyframe work.

Advanced tools for shape editing: per-point edge feathering, join layers tool, transform tool, group layers, and motion blur.

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Boris FX Silhouette – Quick Start to Rotoscoping

Silhouette FX was just acquired by Boris FX last week and loads of new tutorials went up on YouTube. Silhouette is a standalone tool.


Silhouette is a complete package of visual effect tools which includes rotoscoping, paint, morph, effects and keying
Invaluable in post-production, Silhouette continues to bring the best of class tools to the visual effects industry. As a fully featured GPU accelerated compositing system, its standout features are award winning rotoscoping and non-destructive paint as well as keying, matting, warping, morphing, and a total of 142 different nodes–all stereo enabled.

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