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Green Screen Workflow

Posted: Tue, 14th Sep 2010, 8:53pm

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Martin Kimeldorf

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Hello folks,
I originally wrote my own photoshop action to key an image, but after I tried FX Home (PhotoKey) I was sold on the their program. Since then I've studied how to light screens in small studios with hot shoe flashes, and have come up with some worthwhile techniques. Finally, I began teaching classes locally and found that many people preferred to work on their green screen imagery in photoshop because the liked the ability to save layers and adjust later. Thus, I teaching about that as well.

For those of you who work mostly in a photoshop type program with extracted images, I ask, "What is your workflow like from lighting to composition?" What are some of your typical sequences you follow that you have found most helpful?

A description of my workflow can be found here. It's free.
http://1clickactions.com/pdfs/GreenScreenWorkflow.pdf

But I'm curious to learn what others do...

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Posted: Tue, 14th Sep 2010, 9:37pm

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Axeman

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I don't have a workflow to submit at this point, but I did want to point out a couple of things.

First, FXhome is the company; PhotoKey 3 is the software.

Second, if you want to handle the final compositing in Photoshop, the Photoshop plug-in version of PhotoKey 3 is pretty much ideal for that workflow, and didn't seem to be mentioned in your PDF. It skips the step of using another application, and gives you PhotoKey 3's keying tools directly within Photoshop.
Posted: Wed, 15th Sep 2010, 1:52am

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Martin Kimeldorf

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Thanks for the correction on FX vs Photokey nomenclature.

I actually use the stand alone photokey.
Posted: Wed, 15th Sep 2010, 2:11am

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Axeman

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I know you do. I was just trying to point out that for a Photoshop-based workflow, the plug-in is a good option to save time and be more efficient.
Posted: Wed, 15th Sep 2010, 8:08am

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Simon K Jones

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Indeed, the PhotoKey 3 Plug-in is designed specifically for people who are familiar with Photoshop and already have established workflows. The plug-in can slot neatly into that workflow, rather than requiring the use of a separate app.

The standalone versions of PhotoKey 3 are designed for people not as familiar with Photoshop, or for those who don't need the additional controls of Photoshop when working with greenscreen.
Posted: Thu, 16th Sep 2010, 2:37pm

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Martin Kimeldorf

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Yeah I just need to be be able to retain layers so I go to photoshop.
I also find I can better create localized corrections or illusions using layer masks and a host of filters.

Some of my workflow as inspired by the great PhotoKey videos which I interpreted in photohshop.

I figure the stand alone shines for batch processing at events.

Still when I set down this path I found very few useful things on lighting or post-processing. So the journey has been very useful fore me and I am gratified by the letters I get for my contributions...as I have been contributed to as well by others..