Alpha Tricks

Since there seems to be a lot of interest in using Alpha Channels, Alpha Tricks Group is intended to be a collection of posts and discussions on using Alphas in Studio Artist.

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Please forgive my newbie-ness 2 Replies

I just would like to know how to "export or save as" an image with an alpha channel or clipping path, so I can bring it into another program and have the background be transparent. The source image…Continue

Started by Heather. Last reply by Heather Feb 15, 2013.

Simple Alpha Use as a Selection 5 Replies

First, I'm baaaaaack!  :+)))  (Many thanks to John for getting me up to speed with 4.04, among all the other awesome things John does!)Oh, man, I forgot how much I love this software!And it's…Continue

Started by Michael Strickland. Last reply by John Dalton Synthetik Software Mar 15, 2012.

Processing Movie Frame Images with Embedded Alpha 3 Replies

There are 2 different approaches to processing movies in Studio Artist. The most conventional approach is to work with a Quicktime movie file as a source, and output to a processed movie file. using…Continue

Tags: movie, alpha

Started by John Dalton Synthetik Software. Last reply by Michael OBannon Feb 19, 2012.

Alphas, Masks, and Selections are all different things 1 Reply

As a new SA user, I've struggled with the difference between Alpha, Mask, and Selection in SA. I'm sure these concepts are old-hat to all the seasoned users here, but as implemented by SA, they are…Continue

Started by Michael Strickland. Last reply by John Dalton Synthetik Software Feb 3, 2011.

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Comment by John Dalton Synthetik Software on January 26, 2011 at 7:17pm
There are 2 daily effect blog posts queued for january 28th and 29th that are tutorial tips on working with alpha channels in studio Artist 4.
Comment by liveart on February 3, 2011 at 1:11pm

I am not an Alpha master. I did however use a pretty neat trick in my latest vid. If you watch you will notice a very subtle texture to the "background." Here is how I accomplished this effect:

1) set selection to smart source contrast

2) translate warp the selection in increments so that you get a patterned effect

3) use the Geodesic Warper  with "melt" effect variation on the selection to feather it..usually 2 hits

3) reset the Geo Warper with the effect set to Random orient melt

 your mask should now look something like this:now you can do all sorts of things to add a very subtle texture. One is to use the fixed color to add an "overlay" of a color masked by the selection. Another is to use the gradient lighting with the mask. Experiment and let me know what you discover.

Comment by Victor Ingrassia on February 10, 2011 at 7:16am
Alpha is the bane of my existence.  I wish I could take a class and have the concept stick in my translucent brain.  So I welcome this group.


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Bernard Bunner replied to Bernard Bunner's discussion 3D in the group Potential New Ideas
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Bernard Bunner replied to Alex Wencelblat's discussion WPAP Art
"Reminds me the discussion we had 3 years ago about Charis's art, that is near what Alex posted. (Picture on the right) Photoshop has a kind of filter that is near. Called "decoupage". I already told you this John, in another…"
10 hours ago
John Dalton Synthetik Software replied to Alex Wencelblat's discussion WPAP Art
"So here's the exact same automatic process, i just did some sharpening of the source image prior to running that same process as the last one i posted here. So you can now see more detail in the eye areas and the face in general. I could have…"
11 hours ago
John Dalton Synthetik Software commented on John Dalton Synthetik Software's photo


"Same exact process as above, except i preprocessed the source image a little bit to sharpen it before running the vectorizer. I did it to the entire image, but you could just mask it for the eyes, mouth, and other facial features, if you only…"
11 hours ago
John Dalton Synthetik Software replied to Alex Wencelblat's discussion WPAP Art
"Yes, the eyes in this example (which i'm sure was drawn by hand) are really well done. I'll think about ways we could try and address that aspect of it automatically better in the future."
13 hours ago
Alex Wencelblat replied to Alex Wencelblat's discussion WPAP Art
"Yes it is closer.Probably the eyes are the most important part in WPAP . Is interesting to see that the image is expressive without having to much detail.Taking into account that this is an automatic process, is very acceptable. Please see this…"
14 hours ago
John Dalton Synthetik Software replied to Alex Wencelblat's discussion WPAP Art
"Maybe this one is the closest of the bunch to what you are looking for? What about it would you want to be different?"
14 hours ago