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Sorry if the question may appear confusing, I will try to explain as clearly as possible. I have created an audio spectrum layer and I'm trying to apply a filled mask to it. See first image: I drew a shape with a pen tool and my goal is to apply a fill effect only to audio spectrum.

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Once I fill that mask with a desired color, I fill the whole mask. How can I fill only to audio spectrum layer?

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You can use the "Preserve Underlying Transparency" option on an overlay layer; this will however only work if there is nothing else behind the layers, since the option derives the transparency from the layers below (make sure "Composite On Original" isn't checked on your audio spectrum). You can get around that by pre-comping only those layers if needs be.

Take these two layers, a solid layer with an audio spectrum effect, and a shape layer:

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Hitting the box under "T" will enable the "Preserve Underlying Transparency" option (you may need to hit the "Toggle Switches / Modes" button to show the option):

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You can read more in the help docs here:

  • Or more simple solution is to create two audio spectrum layers, precompose the red one and apply mask on to it. I don't know how I didn't thought about that. I really appreciate your answer though. – Giancarlo Jan 4 '17 at 19:54

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