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Mask feature Idea

Posted: Sun, 18th Nov 2007, 12:03am

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JimJohnD

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The timing for this product could not have been any better. I do most of my work in video but of course I have a digital still camera too. A friend of mine asked me if I could take some 'portrait' type pictures of his children. The biggest thing is setting up a nice background AND getting the lighting right then add kids. Needless to say I was hesitant to commit to anything. Then I got the news about PhotoKey. With a simple greenscreen setup you can get your subject lighting and framing just right and then drop them onto any background. The process and controls make this almost too easy. The results are nothing less than amazing.

The only thing that would be a great addition is if you could ‘paint’ on the mask layer. That way if there are any green elements in the shot they can be eliminated from the composite.

Other than that this is a great product, keep up the good work.
Posted: Sun, 18th Nov 2007, 1:29am

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Axeman

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If there are green elements in your composition, using a bluescreen as the background instead of green can solve the problem.
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 6:52pm

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PHOTO AL

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Before excuse my language , (French)
Y got the same problem .
And understand wat you say,..
It easy to say you to change background color..
But wen you shoot Danse class group or A cession of 200 at 300 peaple
you dont have tyme to change background or have 2 background and 2 setting of flash etc...
My english is to bad to explaine to creator of fx, we verry nead an eraser or deselection tool for situation ,you cant change in 2 second...
Can you redo your demand at fx owner , but expplain exactely (we verry need this tool.)
tanks .. Frendly Alain L.
Posted: Sat, 13th Sep 2008, 5:06pm

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GoFetch Media

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This tool is fantastic! The interface is clean and easy to use, but I too ran into a need for additional masking capabilities that I hope to see in future revisions. A blonde in a blue shirt made a terrific portrait shot, but when the photo was complete, I noticed something was strange about the eyes. They had been masked and were the color of the background! Certain shades in her eyes were almost the same color as the green screen. Whoa! Awesome!

Since the shirt was blue,the only way to fix the eyes is a trip into Photoshop. If I could open a square around the face and say, "Ignore this part," I would be very happy.

But even so, the masking capability alone pays for itself! (Has anyone tried to mask in Photoshop with long hair blowing gently in breeze? This product rocks!)
Posted: Mon, 15th Sep 2008, 6:50pm

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DepthOfField

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GoFetch Media wrote:


But even so, the masking capability alone pays for itself! (Has anyone tried to mask in Photoshop with long hair blowing gently in breeze? This product rocks!)
I 2nd that! smile
Posted: Tue, 16th Sep 2008, 8:13pm

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FXhomer61783

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The paint on masking feature would definitely be a big help. Often there are both blue and green elements in a portrait, for example green eyes and blue clothes or vice versa.

It would also be useful to have the program output the background and foreground separately as layers or as separate documents.
Posted: Wed, 17th Sep 2008, 8:14am

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Simon K Jones

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Thanks for all the comments people! We're definitely taking them on board to see if what we can do in future versions.
Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2009, 1:25am

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Elijah

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I can't even find a way to view the current mask.

+1 for being able to manually add and subract to the mask layer.
Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2009, 10:06am

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Simon K Jones

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The masking feature was introduced in PhotoKey 2. According to our records you are still using PhotoKey 1.

You can find out more about PhotoKey 2 here:

http://fxhome.com/photokey

If you're interested in upgrading, you can do so for $49 in the store.
Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2009, 7:47pm

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Elijah

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How come the help file had screenshots of the mask for version 1? It was made before version 2 right?
Posted: Thu, 15th Jan 2009, 12:22am

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Axeman

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The answer to that question, my friend, is in the thread that you started asking that question.
Posted: Thu, 15th Jan 2009, 9:45am

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Simon K Jones

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Elijah wrote:

How come the help file had screenshots of the mask for version 1? It was made before version 2 right?
Where does it have screenshots for the mask interface? As far as I'm aware it doesn't, and given that the manual for PhotoKey 1 was created before the masking interface was even in development, it shouldn't even be possible. smile
Posted: Thu, 15th Jan 2009, 3:03pm

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Axeman

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It doesn't, actually. Its discussed here: http://fxhome.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=38314