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That's often the nature of masking, alas.
AspireGreen wrote:The addition of masking in Photokey Pro 2 is excellent, however it is slow and tedious.
Keying hundreds of green on green images is virtually impossible.If you're trying to key literally HUNDREDS of green of green images then I'd strongly suggest using a bluescreen instead. Otherwise you're kinda defeating the main reason for using a greenscreen, which is the automation.
No we don't want to shoot on blue.How come? I know in some circumstances green subject material is impossible to avoid, but usually that's with a minority of photographs, in which case a little bit of masking is fine. But if you're taking hundreds of green on green photos, the logical thing is to switch to using a bluescreen.
I'd like to see a more robust masking tool. lasso type would be cool. Think of a touch screen and pen tool. Man that would ROCK!!We're always looking into ways that the program can be improved, so I'll make sure the development team take a good look at the masking tools to investigate options for improvements.
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Yeah, I agree that a drawing-based mask option would be really cool. Unfortunately it's not a simple thing to add in, but I'll make sure it's on the wishlist. That doesn't mean it'll end up in the program anytime soon, but it does mean it'll at least be considered.
AspireGreen wrote:The nature of masking could quite simple be improved by an accurate drawing tool instead of the old rudimentary corner and curve points. We have several touchscreen macs that would rock with this ability.
We shoot 10s of thousands of green screen images around the country and process them in a central location. Adding blue screen backdrop hardware to all of our portable studio setups is cost and space prohibitive. Besides that, blue just doesn't key as well as green.Sounds like a pretty major operation!
Logic inhibits creative thinking. We must confront the illogical to push new solutions.I find creativity requires a mixture of logic and abstract thinking. Without logic the practicalities of the creative process can defeat you, and without the abstract thinking you won't have any soul to your work.
Can Photokey Pro 2 handle pre-masked images? .psd files?It can't take PSD files, but it can import images that already contain alpha. So if you mask something in Photoshop, all you need to do is save it out to an alpha format such as PNG or TIFF, and the masked out area will be transparent automatically in PhotoKey.
Thanks for the reply, the great software and continuing support and product improvement.No problem. Let us know if you have any other feedback as you continue to use the software.