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how do you make an overlay in photoshop

Posted: Fri, 16th Jan 2009, 4:31am

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FXhomer31333

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I am attempting to make an an overlay using a black ground with white text, but doesn't seem to work when I save it as a jpg.

Any suggestions??

JJ
Posted: Fri, 16th Jan 2009, 6:01am

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Overlays have to be in a format that can contain alpha channels. Once you have the overlay created with the transparency information you need, save it as a png, tiff, or tga.
Posted: Sat, 17th Jan 2009, 1:51am

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Yeah I looked through Photoshop's help menu regarding alpha channels, but I spend more time shooting, than I do working with photoshop...

Any ideas were I can get a quick tutorial on "how to make an alpha channel"?

Thanks
JJ
Posted: Sat, 17th Jan 2009, 3:07am

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Create a file with a transparent background, add the text you want, and save as a png. All the transparency will be saved.

I assume the black background is intended to be behind the person and the text? If so, it will be a seperate file. If you want a black bg in front of the person, but behind the text, then add the shape to a new layer, fill it with black, then save as a png.
Posted: Wed, 21st Jan 2009, 4:51pm

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FXhomer31333

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Nothing I do works...

I am using a blue screen, and have merged the files (foreground and background) successfully.

I tried to make an overlay using the previous method, and tried to make a alpha channel to no avail.

I would like to just pay someone so I can get back to work.

Is there anywhere I can turn, so I don't have to become a programmer again?
Posted: Thu, 22nd Jan 2009, 12:06am

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What do you need?
Posted: Thu, 22nd Jan 2009, 2:34am

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Let us know what you're trying to accomplish with a little more detail.
Do you want the black background behind your actor?
Do you want the text to have the alpha so that it'll be in front of the actor?
If so you can just save a solid black background in photo shop, then put it behind your actor in photo key.
For the text try something that Axeman helped me with a while back.
In photo shop, open a new file.
Add a new "layer" it will have an alpha channel.
select that new layer and put your text on it with whatever color you like. that means when you import it into photo key, only the actual text will be visible.
Delete the first layer, the one without text so that only the alpha layer remains.
save the file after you get it to look how you like.
Now you should be good to go. biggrin