Alpha Over Node


Alpha Over Node.

The Alpha Over node is used to layer images on top of one another. Where the foreground image pixels have an alpha greater than 0, it will be overlaid over the background image.



Controls the transparency of the foreground image. A factor less than 1 will make the foreground more transparent.


Input for the background image.


Input for the foreground image.


Convert Premultiplied

Converts foreground image to premultiplied alpha format.

The Alpha Over node is designed to work with premultiplied alpha color format. Use Convert Premul when you know that your image has straight alpha color values, to perform the correct over operation. Result will still be premultiplied alpha.

See Alpha Channel.


The Premul slider allows to mix between the using premultiplied or non premultiplied alpha.

When set to 1, the foreground color values will be multiplied by alpha, i.e. premultiplied. This is equivalent to enabling the Convert Premul option. When set to 0, color values does not change.

If Premultiply is not zero, Convert Premul will be ignored.


This is a legacy option.



Standard image output.



In the node tree below, Color Ramp node is used to add an alpha channel to the black-and-white swirl image. Then Alpha Over node is used to overlay it on top of another image.


Assembling a composite image using Alpha Over.

Fade In

In the next example, the Factor is used to make a “Fade In” effect. This effect can be animated by adding a Time node to feed the Factor socket as shown below. Over the course of 30 frames, the Alpha Over node outputs a image that starts with the pure background image, and the title slowly appearing.


Animated fade in effect using Alpha Over.

Note the Convert Premul checkbox is enabled, since as the foreground used a PNG image that has straight alpha.