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Masking Troubles

Posted: Sat, 21st Mar 2009, 6:34pm

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Crackerjack

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Alright folks, I'm not happy with this product.
I have a picture of me infront of Barack Obama's podium, and I'm putting myself behind it. I drew a mask around the podium and tediously around the mics...Then I moved my foreground image around..and the masks moved. What the! I want the masks to stay still, how come this isn't working? I already redid them, and I refuse to believe that you have to have your picture perfectly planned out before you apply the masks. Can anybody help me? Why don't the masks stay relative to the picture they are applied to? (I.E., When the scale of the background picture is raised, the mask scale is raised, or the vertical position of the picture gets moved - why doesn't the mask's vertical position move?)
Thanks in advance.
Posted: Sat, 21st Mar 2009, 6:36pm

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Crackerjack

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I'm running the Photokey 2 demo and I don't see a "Save" option under the file menu. Is this something that will come with the full product?
Posted: Sat, 21st Mar 2009, 8:43pm

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Axeman

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If you are using masking to put yourself behind something in the background, the better way to do that is to create an overlay of the object, so you actually are behind it.

Alternately, you can drag any mask to reposition it, and re-align it with your moved image in about 1.5 seconds.

There are only occasionail situations when you would want the mask to perform as a garbage matte (remain stationary, regardless of how the foreground is moved. More often, they are intended to be used to remove or retain bits of the foreground that weren't dealt with by the key; someone wearing a green tie, for example. a mask can be used to retain the tie. And you would certainly want that mask to move with the layer if you adjusted positioning. Or if there was a lightstand or something in front of the greenscreen, if you mask that out, you would want that mask to track with the layer if you moved it about.

As far as saving, there isn't a save feature in Photokey because it is so streamlined, and designed to work one image at a time. Once you have the foreground and background imported, you can export as easily as you can save, and you are done. Photokey Pro 2 does save, as it is designed to work with batches and more complex projects.