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Digital Anarchy Primatte Chromakey
(Primatte Chromakey and Backdrop Designer have been updated)

Primatte 2.0 is a powerful chromakey compositing plugin for Photoshop. Primatte takes a foreground image of any resolution, shot against a single color, and replaces that color with transparent pixels.

Digital Anarchy - Primatte ChromakeyEssentially, you create a very complex soft-edged mask. Primatte is commonly used in motion picture and television post-production for the creation of special effects. Increasingly, chromakeying has become indispensable in graphic design and still photography.

Why Use Primatte?
What are the uses of Primatte? Unlimited. Use blue screening for sophisticated catalog shots. Add existing backgrounds to Little League photos. Surround an elementary school grade with the Star Trek Enterprise, or place a bride before a beautiful 3D-rendered landscape.

When should you invest in Primatte? If your current compositing method is removing and replacing backgrounds by hand with Photoshop tools. If the quality of your chromakey shots are less than ideal, or your shooting conditions were poor. If you're getting blue-spill or hard edges on your composites. Even if you simply want to explore the creative and practical possibilities of chromakeying, Primatte is the purchase for you.

Chromakey Overview
Digital Anarchy - Primatte ChromakeyThe process that Primatte performs is called 'chromakeying'. This is also called 'bluescreening' or 'greenscreening', depending upon the color of the background you've placed behind your model. A term you'll hear in motion graphics is 'traveling matte'. And the word 'mask', a term used throughout Photoshop, is another way of explaining the way that Primatte selects and deletes pixels.

Chromakeying is used to insert a false background, such as a weather map or scenic view, behind the principal subject being photographed. The principal subject is photographed against a background of a single color or a relatively narrow range of colors, usually blue or green. Then, that solid color is digitally extracted.

When you watch a movie or look at a photograph that has an unreal mix of images, you are usually looking at the illusion of bluescreen.

Chromakey Without Primatte
Digital Anarchy - Primatte ChromakeyHow do you create a chromakey without Primatte? Very... slowly... heh. To set up a bluescreen shot, you'll want to film or photograph in front of a substrate of a solid color.

When you load up the image in Photoshop, you'll want to wipe out anything but the color. The Magic Wand, which selects areas by tonal value, is a good first shot. Set different Tolerance levels to experiment with how much color you can initially capture. To fine-tune, you may want to apply a Quick Mask to the selected blue area. Paint in the subtleties of the selection with a Photoshop Brush and Eraser.

Finally you will replace the section that has been wiped with a background. Drag the background graphic behind the bluescreened image and release to create a new layer. Move the new layer behind the masked layer and position it. You're done your bluescreen.

Free Tutorials & Free Trial Download
Primatte Chromakey is easy and quite intuitive to use... once you know its tools. If you don't understand the tools, then you may be confused about how Primatte operates. Please invest some time in the tutorials.
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You can find free trial versions for both Mac and Windows. The only difference between the purchased product of Backdrop Designer and the demo version is a watermark on your photo. Otherwise, the trial version is exactly the same as what you'll purchase.

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Photoshop CS3 Upgrade Options And Bundles From The Adobe StorePhotoshop CS3 Extended is ideal for film, video, and multimedia pros and for graphic and web designers using 3D and motion. Get the full version for US $999, or upgrade for US $349. The standard version of Photoshop CS3 is available for US $649, or as an upgrade for US $199.

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SiteGrinder 2 - Photoshop Plugin

Media Lab Release SiteGrinder 2 Basic and SiteGrinder 2 ProThere often seems to be a strict division of labor within the world of web design and development. Creative professionals tend to stick to the Photoshop domain, while those well-versed in scripting are left to the task of implementing their work. Indeed, the two realms are quite different from each other, to which any of us even vaguely familiar with either can easily attest.

Essentially, Photoshop is a no-holds-barred design studio, offering the artist a seemingly endless array of creative options. On the other hand, HTML, CSS, Java and the like follow strict rules of engagement, requiring the developer to take any number of esoteric concerns into consideration in order to ensure that designs are properly displayed on the web.

Turn Photoshop Into A Complete Web Design Tool
SiteGrinder 2 seeks to bridge this gap between design and development. Basically, this program turns Photoshop into an easy-to-use and fully functional web design tool. With SiteGrinder 2, designers will now have the freedom to totally let their creativity loose and then, without skipping a beat, transfer their designs to the web. Bringing esthetic concerns together with more practical considerations, this program is an amazingly powerful tool that would make a fantastic addition to any web designer's bag of tricks.

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