what is matte?

Whta is matte and why do i have to have matte when working with some effects. Focusing on the two inputs in network view in animate pro 2 ?

A matte is simply a mask. For example, there are some effects that you might want to plug a matte into, to constrict that effect to a certain area (that you paint with a drawing layer). Then there are other effects that MUST have a matte plugged in. To create a matte simply create a new drawing layer and then draw in this layer with any colour that you want. The bits that you draw will be your matte.

For more information on which effects need mattes, read the “Enhancing With Effects” chapter in the User Guide, available from the Help > Help… menu.

~Lilly
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