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Stephen Moore
How do I create coloured ‘pop art’ on-the-fly?
on Feb 6, 2017 at 2:10:38 pm

I need to be able to create a coloured ‘pop art’ style JPEG ‘on-the-fly’ from an original, regular iPhone JPEG. I’ve attached a Photoshop mock-up of what I’d like to achieve, my question is, without an alpha channel or any kind of prep, can this be done entirely within After Effects?


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Kevin Camp
Re: How do I create coloured ‘pop art’ on-the-fly?
on Feb 6, 2017 at 7:51:27 pm

combing the threshold effect and tint effect will get you very close....

add threshold and set the 'level' as needed to make a black and white image of the photo.

then add the tint effect to colorize that, setting 'map black to' and 'map white to' the colors that you want.

you could add the curves effect, or other color adjustment prior to the tint effect to give added image control.

Kevin Camp
Art Director
KCPQ, KZJO & KRCW


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Walter Soyka
Re: How do I create coloured ‘pop art’ on-the-fly?
on Feb 6, 2017 at 7:52:53 pm

Use Threshold to convert to a purely black-and-white image (no shades of gray), and Tint to color the black areas pink and the white areas orange.

You can get some different looks using an effect like Channel Combiner before Threshold and choosing the Red, Green or Blue channel.

Walter Soyka
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Stephen Moore
Re: How do I create coloured ‘pop art’ on-the-fly?
on Feb 7, 2017 at 1:19:49 am

Hi Kevin,
Thank you for taking the time to reply, that's exactly what I need.


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Stephen Moore
Re: How do I create coloured ‘pop art’ on-the-fly?
on Feb 7, 2017 at 1:22:02 am

Hi Walter,
Also thank you for taking the time to reply - spot on.


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