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How To Use The Masking Tool In Premiere Pro

The masking tool from Premiere is a very cool and useful feature, but there are some uses you might have actually overlooked, so in this article, we’ll take a look at how to get the most out of this tool

1. Remove objects from scenes

 

In some situations you might need to have an object or a person removed from a scene, so instead of re-shooting the whole scene, here’s what you can do.

In this example, we’ll remove the person and we’ll start by drawing a mask around the subject. Choose the mask under opacity and isolate the subject.

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Next, we need to keyframe the mask path so it follows the subject, so to do that click on the stopwatch next to the mask path property

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then move the playhead to the end and adjust the position of the mask accordingly. This will automatically create a new keyframe.

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Next, we’ll need to feather the mask and, if necessary, expand the mask.

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Finally, select the Invert option and this will display everything from the scene, except out subjectHow-To-Use-The-Masking-Tool-In-Premiere-Pro-5

Next, we’ll duplicate the video track and place it on top, and then delete the mask for the bottom layer.

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The next step is to move the bottom layer to a place in time where it doesn’t show the subject.

To do this, select the slip tool by pressing “Y”, then move your bottom clip forward or backward.

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If you can’t move the clip, you can fix that by cutting off  a bit from the beginning and the ending of the clip.

2. How to isolate light and color in a scene

Some parts of a scene can be either overexposed or underexposed so let’s take a look at how to fix that

Right click in the project window and create a new adjustment layer

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Place it on top of your clip and then select the pen tool under the Opacity property and draw a mask around the area you are looking to control

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Feather the mask

 

Next, go to the Lumetri Color panel and ajust the color setting to your liking.

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3. How to give depth to your text

You can add depth to text and make it look like it’s actually part of a scene so let’s see to achieve this effect

In this example, we have a text that we’re looking to have erased as the subject is passing throught the scene.

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We’ll add a simple mask and keyframe the mask path according to the movement, giving the impression that the text is “erased”

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Optionally, you can add a bit of feather to improve the scene even further

4. Making faces stand out in a scene

This technique is similar to the one we’ve described in technique #2 but this time we’ll place and oval mask.

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and press the forward button in the mask path section, to start tracking the face.

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The face tracking feature is really good in Premiere Pro

We can now duplicate the layer and delete the mask on the bottom layer,

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and head over to the Lumetri Color Section of applying any desired color correction to the mask we’ve just created.

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Remember to add feather to the mask so that it blends evenly with the background

You can even take this technique a step further and track individual parts of the face, such as the eyes and bring them up a bit by increasing the exposure. This will make a big difference in the final result.

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Thank you for taking the time to read this article and stay tuned for more cool tutorials and tips for.

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