Compositing Using Ultimatte: The Basics

Compositing is a process by which you can combine vital elements that are obtained from different sources into one single image, creating an illusion that all the elements in the image are part of the same scene. Ultimatte is one of the best software programs available that can help you with compositing multi frame images. With the Ultimatte Advantedge, you will be able to retain the finer details in your image, like the shadows, glass, smoke and blurred edges. This step by step guide will show you how you can composite images using Ultimatte.

Step 1: Install the Plug-In

Install the Ultimatte software to your hard disk in order to start off your compositing project. Installing Ultimatte on your computer is simple. All you need to do is select the set-up file and key in the necessary details. Since this advanced plug-in is protected by a USB security key, you must ensure that this key is inserted in the USB port while using the plug-in.

Step 2: Launch the Host Application and Enable the Plug-In

Launch the host application in which you want to run this plug-in. Once your host application is up and running, open a new project and select the file that you want to work on and open the Avantedge plug-in.

Step 3: Opening Your Images

Once the plug-in is enabled, the foreground image is displayed on a single panel display mode. You can change the view of the display using the layout on the control panel. You can also choose from the options between single panel view and double panel view. Do not forget to take a snap shot of your image that is being displayed, so that you can use this image to compare it with the composited one at a later stage.

Step 4: Rendering Effects

From the automation pop-up menu, select the “Screen” tab and then use the sample backing feature available on this tab and select the backing color. On the image that you have, choose the area in the screen with the important subject, so that this part of the image is rendered and a new composite is displayed. Now you can further subject the composited image to various features available in Ultimatte in order to attain the perfect image.

Step 5: Lightening Your Image

If the rendered composite has poor lighting or certain other anomalies, use the Screen Correction technology and fill in the discrepancies in order to reduce shadows and other anomalies without disturbing the foreground and the subject. In case you want to adjust the opacity or the density of the foreground objects in your composite image, then use the Matter Density controls to do so.

Step 6: Adjusting Color

Use the Color Conformance Control in order to get a flawless composite where whites, blacks and gammas between the foreground and the background are matched. You can also use the Color tool button if you want to change the color of the shadow in your composite.

Once you have completed everything you needed to do, save your project.