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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: Sep 15, 2016

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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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Let's say I run Gallery Show and find a paint action sequence I like and I save it. And later want to  use it on layer 2, but it was created for layer one. Is there a way to change that sequence that says layer 1 to layer 2.I ask this because I might want to keep my layer 1 with what I created, but feel that the paint action sequence using a "MIN" composition would enhance the whole final outcome.See More
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