Track Matte Versus Set Matte In After Effects

Mobox’s Mike Ridolfi Offers Some Insights Into the Various Matte Methods in After Effects, Including Set Matte

Mattes are an essential part of motion graphics and certainly make up a significant portion visual effects work. It’s critical for users to grasp the concept, which is why Mobox’s Mike Ridolfi has this article on using mattes in After Effects! He explains why Set Matte tool can be so great when starting out with 3D modeling or compositing projects.

Ridolfi takes a look at the various matte types in After Effects such as alpha mattes, inverted alpha ma titdes , luma mats and their corresponding laminated versions. These effects can be used for many different things including tracking mistakes or creating masks with Set Matte .

Ridolfi makes some good points as to why Set-Matte is a more versatile and “advanced” way to get the most out of working with mattes in After Effects. For one, you can simply apply multiple layers while maintaining slim project files!