Matting - Adobe Photoshop

Even if the film you are working on is going to be 2.35:1, you have to work in a larger aspect ratio if it is not going to be hard masked(sometimes called soft matted or soft masked). Hard masked means thereis permanent black padding added to the image to fill in the rest of the Full Aperture frame.

Therefore, you need not worry that something that isn’t meant to be seen will somehow enter the cut in the final edit. It is very common to give a little bit of leeway, so you may hear “We’re supposed to deliver 2.35:1, but we’re protecting to 1.85:1.” This means you should make sure everything within the 1.85 mask is clean, but that the final film is shown at a 2.35:1 ratio. The 1.85:1 matte still saves you from having to work at the 1.37:1 ratio of Full Aperture.

The grayed-out area denotes a soft mask, and you can see what the audience sees versus what you deliver

grayed-out area denotes a soft mask, and you can see what the audience sees versus what you deliver


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