Renders a checkerboard pattern in the opaque parts of the layer.


The position of the pattern.

Default: 0, 0

The number of checkers along the vertical axis of the layer (the number of checkers along the horizontal axis is calculated automatically to obtain square checkers, except if Stretch has been applied.)

Range: 0.5 to 200; Default: 10

Stretches the checker pattern by scaling it independently along the x and y axes.

Default: 0, 0

The color of the checkerboard pattern (alternate checkers are transparent, revealing the original layer)

Punch Out

When this is turned on, the color is ignored, and the checkers that would have been filled in punch holes through the layer instead.

Default: off

The angle of the checker pattern in degrees clockwise

Range: 0º to 3600º; Default: 0º
Screen Space

If turned off, the pattern is anchored to the layer's transform, and will move, scale and rotate with the layer. If turned on, the pattern is anchored to the screen regardless of the layer position, scale, or rotation (and the meaning of the Count property is based on the height of the composition rather than the height of the layer)

Default: off


To overlay a checkerboard pattern onto a layer, just apply this effect, set Color and Count as desired, then tune any other parameters as you like.

To punch out a checkerboard pattern of "holes" in a layer, apply this effect, turn on Punch Out, then adjust Count or other parameters as desired.

Tip: Translucent Checkers

Adjust the alpha component of the Color for partially transparent checkers, or use keyframe animation to have the checker pattern fade in or out.

Use Cases