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February 9, 2015

by Jesse Cervantes, Creative Congo


This quick tutorial is for making an ALPHA MATTE from images or footage WITHOUT using ADD or SCREEN modes, so that you can composite and pre-compose



1. Duplicate layer you want to composite
2. On the TOP layer, add the TINT EFFECT
3. Then add the LEVELS EFFECT
4. Tweak the levels, crushing the whites and/or blacks as needed
5. Use the mid tone slider to control feathering and tweaking the matte
6. Make the BOTTOM layer a LUMA MATTE

Additionally, you might want to parent the top layer to the bottom layer (or vice-versa)

That’s it!