Negate Node

The Negate effect lets you invert the colour and/or alpha values in the Colour Art and Line Art of an image. The original value of each channel (RGB or A) is subtracted from the maximum value of that channel (255 for 8-bit channels) to produce the negative image.


The Negate node takes an image of any type as its input and outputs an image in which colour values are inverted relative to their maximum.

Optionally, it can also be connected to a matte image. In this case, only the parts of the input image that intersect with the matte will be affected by the effect.

Layer Properties

Parameter Description

Allows you to enable or disable the node. When disabled, a node has no visible effect on the rendered image, nor on the preview in the Camera, Perspective, Side and Top views.

Colour Swatch

Sets the colour of the layer in the Timeline view and of the node in the Node view.


The name of the node as it appears in the Node View and the Timeline view. Each node must have a name that is unique to its containing group.

Negate Colour Inverts the values of the colour channels.
Negate Alpha Inverts the transparency value (alpha channel).
Negate Colour Clamp to Alpha Limits the negated area to the alpha channel.
Invert Matte

Inverts the matte used to generate the effect. By default, the effect is applied to the opaque areas of the matte drawing. When this option is enabled, the effect is applied to the transparent areas of the matte instead.