No more tracing by hand! Here’s an easy step-by-step guide to converting text to masks in After Effects.The ability to transform alpha channels into masked layers is an incredibly helpful feature built into After Effects. By converting your text layers into masks, you can create accurate masks without having to trace text and alpha layers by hand.The following steps outline the process of converting text to masks in After Effects.1. Select Text LayerCreate a text layer in your scene. The best way to optimize your text for the auto-tracing process is to choose a bold sans-serif font. However, you aren’t limited to just text. This effect will work with any layer.2. Select Auto-TraceWith your text layer selected go to Navigate>Auto-Trace.3. Adjust Settings As-NeededUnder “Options” you will be given the option to select a channel. Make sure it is set to “Alpha”. The default settings are usually good for most circumstances, but you might need to adjust as needed.4. Click “OK”After you click “OK” After Effects will create a new layer with your masks applied. If you want to add the mask to a new layer, simply select select the mask and copy using Command+C. Then select your desired layer and hit Command+V to paste.Your auto-traced layer will look something like this.Want to learn even more quick tips in After Effects? Check out these 10 After Effects quick tips found exclusively here on PremiumBeat:Prepping Vector Files for After EffectsMinimizing Pixelation and ArtifactsHow to Change the Render SoundCreating VariablesLayer Styles in After EffectsLinking Layers to CheckboxesChanging Label ColorsExporting with Alpha Channels in After Effects3 Ways to Fix Banding in After EffectsSaving Presets in After EffectsHave any other tips for using the auto-trace feature in After Effects? Share in the comments below.
Liverpool defender Alexander-Arnold loves the FA Cupby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold admits he loves the FA Cup.The Reds meet Wolves in the third round today.“We’re going there to win,” said Alexander-Arnold, 20.“It’s not a free hit against Wolves. It’s a chance to win a trophy – and everyone at Liverpool wants to win things.“We’re not going there to get knocked out. We want to win. It becomes a habit.“I remember Steven Gerrard’s goal against West Ham. It was a great final and a great day for the club.“We’re all trying to get back to those days again – and hopefully that will happen this season.“Liverpool is a great club with a massive history, and the players who are here now must carry that responsibility.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Evans insists Leicester due big things under Rodgersby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJonny Evans insists Leicester City are on their way to big things under manager Brendan Rodgers.With Rodgers, Leicester have emerged as serious contenders for a top-four place with defender Evans playing a key role in their push for a Champions League spot. “We always aim high and we’ve got ambitions to really try to achieve something this season,” said Evans to the Mirror.“Before the season started, our aim was to break into the European places and that’s something we’ll try to achieve.“One of the biggest changes Brendan Rodgers has made is changing the mentality, giving the lads belief.“He’s a very positive manager. He’s obviously got his tactical abilities too, and we’re learning from him every day. He’s always challenging us on that side and giving the lads the confidence to go and express themselves.“He’s very demanding but in a way that all the lads are responding to him. But the biggest thing is that you have to believe you can achieve something and that’s something he’s trying to give to us as players.“Football can change so quickly. We won the league and then finished seventh the next season.“So it’s very difficult to predict what’s going to happen. But we’ve got great owners who are backing the club in a tremendous way. They’re very ambitious and that filters down from the top.”
YouTube VineBig UCLA forward Tony Parker has emerged as a difference maker during the Bruins’ surprise run to the Sweet 16, and his off-season training is a big reason. After averaging just 2.4 points per game as a freshman and 6.9 as a sophomore, Parker now averages 11.4 points as a junior, and showed off a refined offensive game in the post against UAB, when he dropped 28 points in the 92-75 win. Parker is also one of the funniest players on the team, by all accounts, and had a classic quote when asked about his off-season weight loss.Parker said he’s lost more than 20 pounds since his freshman season. “My nickname around the locker room and campus is big sexy,” Parker said. “So, keeping my hair being curled and my body in a nice manner—it’s good for the team and the basketball and it’s good for the ladies off the court.”“Big Sexy” will need another big game this weekend when he will battle down low with Gonzaga’s talented forward trio of Kyle Przemek Karnowski, Domantas Sabonis, and Kyle Wiltjer. [SI.com]
APTN National NewsDonations intended for the victims of the Slave Lake fire have been found in a Calgary garbage dump.APTN National News interviewed Aboriginal people who, at the time of the fire, were in desperate need of those materials.What happens next?APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan explains.
APTN National News If the federal government won’t abide by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling on First Nations children, Cindy Blackstock says she’ll take them to the Federal Court.“We see this as a track to the Federal Court,” said Blackstock Tuesday on the eve of a non-compliance hearing that is to begin at the human rights tribunal.The tribunal called the hearing to examine why the federal government has yet to abide by a Jan. 2016 ruling that it discriminates against First Nation children.The three-day hearing begins Wednesday in Ottawa but in its most recent filing the government has said the tribunal can’t force them to do anything.“The tribunal does not have the statutory authority to enforce its own orders,” wrote the Department of Justice, which is headed up by Jody Wilson-Raybould, a former regional chief with the Assembly of First Nations.Instead, the department said the tribunal should have a little more faith the government will execute the ruling.“They should generally operate under a presumption that their rulings will be executed with reasonable diligence or good faith,” wrote the department.Since its January 2016 ruling, where it determined Ottawa racially discriminates against First Nations children by underfunding programs compared to what non-Indigenous children receive under provincial programs, the tribunal has issued two non-compliance orders.Blackstock said if the federal government didn’t believe the tribunal had authority to enforce its own orders then why did the feds agree to the ruling?She also questions why the federal government didn’t seek a judicial review if it never intended to fully comply with the ruling.“Tomorrow we are going to (the tribunal) because Canada has failed to observe three legal orders to stop racially discriminating against 165,000 little kids,” said Blackstock.She said the government has said it can’t move forward until it finishes it’s “engagement strategy” that has Ottawa talking to groups and organizations to determine their need.“We asked them what is it that you need to know that you don’t know? They have no idea,” said Blackstock. “They don’t know when this engagement is going to be finished.”Blackstock is calling on the Minister of Youth to step in – that’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“There certainly can’t be a more important issue for the Minister of Youth then to end racial discrimination of its own government towards kids,” said Blackstock. “He needs to take a leadership role in this and demand his government come into full compliance right now.”She estimated the government is at about 30 per cent compliant.The government has said in affidavits to the tribunal it’s provided nearly three quarters of the $71 million earmarked for 2016 for the First Nations Child and Family Services program (FNCFSP). It’s part of $634.8 million funding over five years announced in last year’s budget for FNCFSP. That funding was decided upon before the tribunal made its ruling said Blackstock.Blackstock has maintained at least $10 million of that stayed in Indigenous Affairs for various costs associated with providing the funding to groups across the country.She has said there needed to be at least $200 million in immediate funding to try and meet urgent needs.Blackstock first filed the human rights complaint over 10 years ago, along with the Assembly of First Nations. The former Conservative government tried multiple times to have it [email protected]
MONTREAL – Quebecor Inc. is banking on new services in wireless and television broadcasting to fuel the growth of Videotron, while performance continues to slow in its media division.Ramping up for the launch of Fizz, a low-cost cellular and internet provider, and Helix, a new internet-connected television platform, the Montreal-based media giant said it is looking to increase the number of customers.Quebecor’s new mobile phone plan provider aims to compete with brands such as Koodo, owned by Telus, and similar services from other telecom giants.Videotron’s share of the Quebec wireless market sits at around 17 per cent, compared with nearly 30 per cent for Bell.Outgoing Videotron chief executive Manon Brouillette aimed to reassure analysts, who asked if Videotron would cannibalize its current customers and spark a decline in average revenue per user when Fizz comes on the scene.“We will not target the same customers,” she said. “We believe we can be successful in both segments. Our challenge is to compete with other giants and their affiliates.”Videotron said it can reduce costs with Fizz since it is self-service and sells only online rather than in brick-and-mortar stores. In addition to low-cost plans, the conglomerate’s new service allows its users to roll over unused wireless data to the next month.“We will be able to generate significant margins thanks to this platform,” said the manager of the key Quebecor subsidiary.Videotron added 41,500 mobile customers last quarter, helping to boost subscribers to more than 1.12 million.“Quebecor has the potential to increase its market share in Quebec and we believe that there are interesting growth prospects for the next few years,” said Desjardins Capital Markets analyst Maher Yaghi, despite “disappointing media” revenue, which fell 8.5 per cent.Quebecor reported Thursday that its net income attributable to shareholders increased almost five per cent to $186.7 million in the third quarter on strong wireless numbers and overall revenue growth.The company earned 80 cents per share for the quarter ended Sept. 30, up from 74 cents per share or $178.4 million a year prior.On an adjusted basis, income from operating activities rose 37 per cent to $142 million or 61 cents per share in the third quarter, compared with $103.7 million or 43 cents per share in the third quarter of 2017.Quarterly revenues rose 1.7 per cent year over year to almost $1.06 billion.Quebecor was expected to earn 51 cents per share in adjusted profits on $1.064 billion of revenue, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters Eikon.Total net income decreased by 18 per cent to $191 million, from $233.3 million a year ago when it recorded one-time gains from the sale of spectrum licences and impairment of goodwill.Companies in this story: (TSX:QBR.B, TSX:T, TSX:BCE)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Fire Department responded to a small structure fire on the West Bypass Road early Saturday morning.Crews were called to the trucking storage yard in the 10200-block of 116 street at approximately 2:20 a.m.The Fire Department says there is a small structure fire that has spread into rows of stacked material on pallets. A fire at the same facility in 2008 caused the City of Fort St. John and the Fort St. John Fire Department to implement new bylaws for what can be stored within City limits.After the fire, the new bylaw was put into place so that hazardous chemicals would be stored farther away from residential areas. At the time of the fire, then-Deputy Fire Chief, Curtis Redpath says, the bylaw will also require, the disclosure of the types of materials stored in existing and future facilities. The Fire Department is currently working with staff from the business to move unburnt material to provide better access to the burning material.Crews are expected to be on scene for some time yet.
New Delhi: The second episode of the eighth and final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ leaked on the Internet ahead of its scheduled broadcast time on HBO on April 21. According to The Wrap, fans of the epic fantasy series alerted on social media about the leak, claiming that the to-be-aired episode was released early via Amazon Prime Video in Germany. The show, whose first episode of the eighth season premiered last week, airs on HBO at 9 pm Eastern Time. Some social media users responded to the leak. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”You can legally watch leaked episode on Amazon in Germany #GameofThrones,” a user wrote on Twitter. A German Reddit user posted, “Why can I see the second Episode yet (sic)?!” The post also featured a screenshot from Amazon Prime in Germany that showed the opening titles of the show, captioned: “Game of Thrones, Staffel 8 [dt./OV] Folge 2” or season eight, episode two. This is a second leak of the show after the release of S8.
Shimla: In a major jolt to the ruling BJP, three-time BJP MP from Hamirpur Suresh Chandel on Monday joined the Congress.His decision to join the Congress despite having been denied the ticket to contest against Anurag Thakur, also a third-time MP has surprised many in the BJP circle. His presence in the Congress campaign will be the biggest selling point for the party in its campaign, not alone Hamirpur but also across the state. Former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal was first to react. ” Anyone leaving the party, especially such juncture is a loss to the party family,” he said. He joined the Congress in presence of Rahul Gandhi, Himachal Congress president Kuldeep Rathore, leader of opposition Mukesh Agnihotri and All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge Rajni Patil. Chandel was in constant touch with senior AICC leaders as had spurned the efforts made by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur to stay put in the BJP. The Congress has given the ticket to Ram Lal Thakur, a sitting MLA. Chandel will join his campaign on April 25 when Thakur files nomination. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Chandel is our prize cash. It’s a huge blow to the BJP. Our doors are open to all those BJP leaders, who are willing to join us and support the party to win all four seats,” said PCC president Kuldeep Rathore. Asked about his role, Rathore said the party has assured him that he will be given due place in the organisation keeping in view stature, seniority and political relevance. Hailing from Bilaspur town, Chandel had been BJP’s state president and had held several key positions in the party including its organising secretary in 1990-91. Chandel was one of 11 MPs, 10 from the Lok Sabha, who was accused in the ‘Cash-for-question’ sting operation in 2005 and lost his membership of the Lok Sabha. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHe terms the episode as ‘tragedy of his life”. ” I have paid a very heavy price for it. Yet, I have decided to move putting a bad chapter of my political career behind,” he says. Back in the party’s folds in 2006-2007, Chandel was given a ticket for state assembly in 2012, which he lost and this time, was not considered for the state assembly polls. Knowing that the BJP will re-field Anurag Thakur in Hamirpur, Chandel lobbied in the Congress. It was at the last minute that the party ticket was given to Ram Lal Thakur leaving Chandel high and dry. “Today, I told Rahul Gandhi that ticket was never his priority though it’s fact that I wanted to fight Hamirpur Lok Sabha poll – a constituency I had won three times. Nevertheless, I will work for the Congress whole heartily,” he told the Millennium Post.