Compositing Shadows Using Ultimatte Advantedge

Advantedge is Ultimatte’s newest software which is an advanced plugin that you can use for compositing multi frame images while retaining their finer details like shadows, water, reflection, smoke and the other fine details. Advantedge is compatible with several host applications that are predominantly used like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Apple Shake, Combustions, Avid AVX, Final cut Pro and several others. Compositing shadows with Ultimatte Advantedge is now even more simplified with its simple user interface and advanced features. This tutorial will tell you how to composite shadows using Ultimatte Advantedge.

Step 1: Install Ultimatte Advantedge

To get your plug in activated, first install the plugin on your system. All you need to do is select the advantedge installer, run through the installation process, and complete the necessary formalities like registration and other details. The Advantedge software is protected by a USB security key, and you need to ensure that this key is plugged in for the plugin to function properly.

Step 2: Opening the Software

Once you have installed the plugin in your system, you are now ready to start using the plugin. All you need to do to start off is select the host application that is compatible with the plugin and launch the program. Once the host application is up and running, select the Ultimate Advantedge plugin and launch it in the program.

Step 3: Choosing the Image

Select the image that where you need to composite the shadow. Once the foreground image is open in the display, select the screen option from the Automation pop-up menu and select the backing color using the Sample Backing eyedropper. Once you have done this, choose the area on the blue or green screen around the subject. On completion of selection, the image is rendered and the composite is displayed, which can be further adjusted. Once you have completed these simple steps and have the image, you can now work on the image to further adjust the shadows as per your requirements.

Step 4: Adding the Finishing Touches

To make further adjustments, ensure that Matte Correction mode is enabled. This will help you use the Roto Screen Correction feature and the Shadow Processing feature for the shadow that you have composited. Use the screen correction technology provided by the Ultimatte Advantedge plug-in to compensate the discrepancies in the backing area like the smudges, uneven lighting, unwanted shadows and others. To enable the Screen correction technology, you will need to use the Roto Screen Correction process and then alter the density of the shadow so that it does not affect the foreground subject in the image.

Step 5: Removing Unwanted Information

To remove unwanted shadows, all you need to do is use the Remove Noise option in Matte Correction mode, while the Roto Screen correction feature is enabled. Use the color conform controls and match the foreground colors and the background colors so that your image looks seamless and flawless.

Once you have completed the steps listed above, save your project and enjoy the finished product.