Monday, February 10, 2014

Getting Lost In Tranparency Image Land

I have been foiled by ambition and a .png. I violated my self imposed rule of keeping it simple. I got lost chasing the rabbit of perfection. That and I barely knew what I was doing.

The idea was to have a video play inside of an analog television set. You first have to find that analog television that has a transparent area in the screen section. You won't find one that will look good, fits your project and has the perfect transparancy.

You will find televisions that have the look that you want but you have to fiddle with them. And by fiddle I mean lose four freaking hours of time.

I couldn't get the above image to converted to a transparency screen area. I was using Corel Paint Shop Pro.  I used the magic lasso, I tried the background erase tool all for nothing or a jacked up version I will not post out of shame. 

This is no reflection on Corel Paint Shop Pro; trying to read and perform the instruction is a bad way to go when you are long past deadline. I should have given up; gone to plan B but noooo.

I had much better luck in TechSmith's SnagIt where I could perform a transparency fill but the corners were jacked up. Which meant you have to magnify to pour the transparency fill into small, irregular spaces. Took more time than I had.

When I finally got close to what I wanted I then needed to layer it in the video editing program. It was reluctant to play nice with the video.

Hence, no video as yet.

Part of creating is making mistakes, errors, and finding out that isn't that simple. I think I can do this and I don't think you should have to have After Effects to pull it off.

The rabbit shall be mine.

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  1. So I was looking to do something really similar (using a TV set as a DIV container in an HTML website template with youtube videos being shown inside). Out of curiosity, I just saved your sample image and tried it. Corel Painshop Pro X3, magic wand, 8% tolerance, and the inside was removed with nary a stray pixel. Did you make sure to change your active layer from a background (locked) layer to a regular 'ol raster layer?

    1. Nope. After four hours I had little thinking ability left. I think I found another solutions but I'll be hang as to what it was. It is almost but not quite time for another edition of photo resources for video folks.


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