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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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Latest Activity: Aug 28, 2015

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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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John Dalton Synthetik Software replied to Gad Eko Hendro H's discussion Edge of Shape
"No, you don't need to create the shapes manually. There are literally hundreds of different ways to do it automatically in studio artist. You really need to read up on path start regionization. You could use one of the many regionization…"
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John Dalton Synthetik Software replied to Gad Eko Hendro H's discussion Edge of Shape
"Here's a tip on how to select and mask the canvas. You need to have alpha view enabled when you save the canvas as a png if you want the canvas alpha channel to be output as an embedded alpha channel in the png. Here's a tip on working…"
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Gad Eko Hendro H replied to Gad Eko Hendro H's discussion Edge of Shape
"How to select the blank while spaces ?I confuse also how to save canvas to png format with the transparent image?"
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Gad Eko Hendro H replied to Gad Eko Hendro H's discussion Edge of Shape
"You mean we don't need to create shape manually ? (I'm talking about crack glass mosaic tile on reference image). Cos for mess work, I made it manually by mouse. So he hardest part is when i need to draw the straight line. Do you have…"
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John Dalton Synthetik Software replied to Gad Eko Hendro H's discussion Edge of Shape
"Re: your messi example. You could select the blank while spaces, then expand that selection and soften it, then use that to mask in a fill in a solid color or pattern that has smooth edges. For just smoothing up something already created, i…"
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John Dalton Synthetik Software replied to Gad Eko Hendro H's discussion Edge of Shape
"The images you are referring to were created using Studio Artist. Here's one tip you might want to read to give you some ideas. I'm assuming you've played around with path start regionization effects for creating mosaics. You…"
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