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Last Updated: July 20th 2023
A mask blocks out humanoid muscle values, material swaps and transform values based on what is enabled and what is disabled in the mask. If a layer has a mask with a certain value enabled in the mask, the animation is allowed to animate that value. If a layer has a mask with a certain value disabled in the mask, the animation is not allowed to animate that value. To be specific:
If a layer has any mask whatsoever, it can't animate material swaps on any material slot beyond the first, or the root transform of the object with the animator on it.
Anything else (blendshapes & any other components) is unaffected by masks.
The reason we have masks is because if you animate a humanoid muscle on one layer, and then animate any humanoid muscle on a different layer that gets applied later (whether lower down in the animator or on a different playable layer), it gets overwritten (unless the other layer is the Additive layer, if so it adds on top of it).
With transforms, this only happens if the second animation uses WD off and is on a Playable Layer that gets applied later.
So for example if we didn’t have masks, if you animated a humanoid muscle on your Gesture Layer for hand movement, and on your FX Layer you used a different animation for facial expressions which also happens to animate a humanoid muscle, the hands value would get overwritten by the FX Layer.
<aside> ⛔ This means that if you have a humanoid animation, without masking just the humanoid muscles you want to be enabled, and the rest disabled, all other humanoid muscles will be overwritten.
<aside> ⛔ This also means that if you have Transform animations on your Gesture layer, and you have an unmasked WD Off Transform animation on the FX layer, all the Gesture Layer Transform animations will be overwritten.