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Spencer Tycksen
Keying out black background
on Jan 28, 2013 at 6:05:50 pm

Hey Everyone,

I need to key out the black from the image below without keying out the bone within the hand, which is also dark. I tried just using Color Key, and it worked ok, but I couldn't fine tune the screen matte from there, and it clipped some of the bone. Any suggestions on ways to do this? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

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John Cuevas
Re: Keying out black background
on Jan 28, 2013 at 7:00:59 pm

It looks like you have quite a bit of contrast around the hand and should be able to use the autotrace to create a mask around the hand. I would use that as a top bottom layer, maybe doing a 30 pixel negative expansion on the mask. Then do your normal key on the bottom layer.

The alternative is to roto and nobody wants that...

Johnny Cuevas, Editor

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