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Old 25-03-2008, 10:21   #1 (permalink)
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Best Photo Software for Chroma Key ?

Fancy having a play at Chroma Key , so can anyone advise the best software for adding new backgrounds seamlessly ? .... or is Magic Wand in Photoshop as good as any other software ?
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Old 25-03-2008, 12:42   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Best Photo Software for Chroma Key ?

Well I've just bought a 6ft wide green roller blind for 20 ... off to play in a min
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Old 25-03-2008, 12:45   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Best Photo Software for Chroma Key ?

Select by colour range is a bit easier.
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Old 25-03-2008, 18:02   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Best Photo Software for Chroma Key ?

I've recently been looking into this and can't make my mind up about it , I don't know weather ther backgrounds will look false etc , but it will take away the need for several different backdrops I suppose, if you're interested there are some sellers on Ebay doing digital backgrounds by the hundreds, reasonable price too, soz its a bit off topic

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Old 25-03-2008, 20:03   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Best Photo Software for Chroma Key ?

That's OK Raymo. I've bought the blind as a trial, to see if it's worth pursuing
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Old 25-03-2008, 20:18   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Best Photo Software for Chroma Key ?

I'd be interested to know the outcome, cheers
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Re: Best Photo Software for Chroma Key ?

I just got FX photokey, it's only about 59 and it's brilliant.

You can download a demo here

FXhome.com :: Products :: PhotoKey :: Overview


I've also just ordered two large green and blue backdrops from Karlu photographic for a very good price.

Karlu Photographic
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Old 28-04-2008, 17:13   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Best Photo Software for Chroma Key ?

Hey Dave, how did you get on with the chroma key backdrop etc is it worth a go or would you give it a miss? I still can't decide on a coloured backdrop or try the chroma key affair, cheers
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Old 28-04-2008, 17:31   #9 (permalink)
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Re: Best Photo Software for Chroma Key ?

Sorry Raymo for not getting back to you . Haven't had time to try it , other than a quick test where it wasn't perfect around fine hair of a model.

Re backgrounds, if you have the room I would play with lighting effect on just a white background. These were taken approx 8ft from background & due to light falling off the further it goes back, you get a wonderful graduated grey to the background. You can also do same with any plain-ish background :-



I know PeteT bought a Chroma background so might be worth asking him for update
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Old 29-04-2008, 15:49   #10 (permalink)
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Re: Best Photo Software for Chroma Key ?

Thanks Dave
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Old 29-04-2008, 16:55   #11 (permalink)
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Re: Best Photo Software for Chroma Key ?

You need cross lighting for this, it was about 5ft and two to one stop variance on the lights.
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Re: Best Photo Software for Chroma Key ?

IMO this is one of the best take a look
digitalanarchy.com
They also make a Backdrop Designer.
They make Photoshop plug-ins for these:

1-Backdrop Designer
2-Knoll Light Factory 3.0
3-Primatte Chromakey 3.0
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Re: Best Photo Software for Chroma Key ?

Anyone want to chuck up an example of a chroma key shot they have added a new background to ?
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Re: Best Photo Software for Chroma Key ?

I realize this thread is a bit old, but I thought since nobody ever posted any examples, I would go ahead and do so. I shoot against a blue or green background quite often. The biggest problem anyone will face is color spill. A program called PhotoKey works best when you have a picture with noticeable spill. Another program however works best if you're dealing with photos that have transparency in them. ie: wispy hair, liquids, or clothing that you can se the background with/ That program is actually a plugin (not free, but reasonable) called KnockOut 2 by Corel. The plugin works with Corel Paint, and Adobe Photoshop, but can also be made to work with Paintshop Pro.

Anyway, hear is a couple older examples I did using a free plugin for a program called Paint.net.


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Thanks for advice ..... impressive results
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Thanks and you're welcome.
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good results indeed
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Re: Best Photo Software for Chroma Key ?

Just seen this and these shots are from 4 years back.









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