ANIMATED MASKS, as we’ve seen, can provide an interesting dimension to your animation. It really doesn’t take much effort to create various visual effects using an animated mask, such as this spotlight effect for a client’s logo.



1The first thing you need is some text or other image to “shine” a spotlight on to. Convert it to a symbol. The background should be dark if not completely black. In order to show light, we first need to create darkness. This technique wouldn’t have the same effect if the background was very light.

2Create ...

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