Background Removal – How To Cut Out Your Subject in Fusion

Need to make a cool freeze frame effect to introduce a character? Or making a YouTube thumbnail?

This cut out effect is a handy way to do that.

It’s also a good intro to the polygon tool in Fusion for roto/masking.

If you’re working with a video instead of a still image, the Magic Mask (studio version only) may be a good option if your subject moves around a lot. But for a simple shape this workflow is a great — and less processor intensive — option.

In this video from Casey Faris, you’ll learn about:

  • Creating a Fusion Composition
  • Adding a Background
  • Adding and merging an image
  • Positioning with Transform node
  • Cutting out subject with Polygon mask
  • Combining masks
  • Adding a stroke
  • Pasting an Instance of a node

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