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: Jul 10

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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 commented on liveart's photo


"Do you want me to add input options for the ip op effects that sketch like you are using in these examples? Some of them have controls like that, but it is usually some luminance variation options as opposed to hue or texture."
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liveart commented on liveart's photo


"Lisa, Eric-- Thanks."
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Eric commented on liveart's photo


"You got some pretty good results here."
Eric replied to Eric's discussion New reason to desire transparent layer support.
"yes, I have yet to see a vectorizer that included mesh gradients, but that would be a pretty cool feature if it could be implemented. I like to play with mesh gradients and shape blending in vector design software. you can get some pretty cool stuff…"
Lisa Gimber commented on liveart's photo


"Love these sketches."
John Dalton Synthetik Software replied to Eric's discussion New reason to desire transparent layer support.
"Our gpu based vector drawing api does not support mesh gradients, or i would be heavily using hem. But we have discussed writing that api ourselves. so, there are lots of cool things you could do with that particular feature. Eps3 file format…"
Eric replied to Eric's discussion New reason to desire transparent layer support.
"Still, I need to read some wonderful links that John was kind enough to provide "