How To Make Adobe After Effects Background Transparent

It is not unusual for video editors to encounter situations where they need to make a video background transparent for various reasons. This could include incorporating the video into a website layout or layering it over another video. Whatever the case may be, Adobe After Effects has the solution. This blog post will walk you through the steps of creating a transparent background in your Adobe After Effects project.

Step 1: Set up Your Composition

The first step is to set up your composition. To create a new composition, navigate to the “Composition” menu and select “New Composition”. Here, you can set the desired resolution and frame rate for your project. Remember to choose settings that match your final output destination.

Step 2: Make the Background Transparent

Next, let’s make the background transparent. In Adobe After Effects, transparency is known as an Alpha Channel. By default, After Effects sets the background color to a solid black, which is perfect for many projects. However, if you want a transparent background, you’ll need to change the composition’s background color.

Note: Making your composition’s background color transparent does not make your entire composition transparent. It will only make the background transparent when you export it as a file type that supports transparency.

How to Change Background Color

To change the background color, follow these steps:

  • Go to your “Composition” in the “Project” panel.
  • Click on the “Composition” tab and select “Composition Settings”.
  • In the “Composition Settings” dialog box, click on the “Background Color” box.
  • Change the color to what you want the transparency to be when you export. To make it transparent, set all the color sliders to 0.
  • Click “OK” to close the settings.

Step 3: Export with an Alpha Channel (Transparency)

Finally, the last step is to export the composition with an Alpha Channel. Here’s how:

  • Go to “File”, then select “Export”, and click “Add to Render Queue”.
  • In the “Render Queue” tab, click on “Lossless”.
  • In the “Output Module Settings”, select “RGB + Alpha” in the “Channel” drop-down menu and click “OK”.
  • Click “Render” to export your composition.

Your composition will now render with a transparent background!

So there you have it! That’s how you can make your Adobe After Effects background transparent. We hope this guide has been helpful and that you can now easily integrate your videos with other assets for a more professional look.