A mask is very much like a window- you see through it.
The filled area in a mask layer shows parts of the Masked layer attached to it.
Create a new file.
Import a picture to layer 1.
Add another layer above the picture layer. You can select and drag layers to rearrange their stacking order.
Select the new layer, Right Click it, and select "Mask". This layer will become the mask layer, and the bottom pic layer should become "masked" automatically.
Both layers become locked.
If the bottom (pic) layer did not become masked – select and drag it onto the mask layer until it catches.
Unlock the mask layer (the top one).
Draw a circle in it.
Lock both layers again.
Out of the entire picture – only the Mask area is visible now.
It is very much like a window.
Unlock the mask layer again. Select the circle and convert it into a symbol (F8). Create an animation with it- moving across the screen.
Lock the layers again.
The masked area moves across the picture.
A comfortable way to work under masks is to lock the mask layer and toggle it to Outline Mode (the color square on the layer icons).
This way you can see the mask's boundaries as well as what's under it.
Exercise 2: Convert to Symbol + Break Apart
Exercise 3: Create Multiple Instances + Distribute to Layers
Exercise 4: Transform instances + color effects
Exercise 5: Edit Symbol + Navigate in and out of symbols
Exercise 6: nested symbols: Sun animation
Exercise 7: Duplicate + Swap