How to Composite Shadows Using Ultimatte Advantedge

Ultimatte Advantedge is an advanced plug-in that you can use for green and blue screen compositing. This plug-in can be used in conjunction with software like Adobe and Apple and other host applications. If you are grappling with images with shadows that need to be composited without error, you can do that with this advanced plug-in. The final result will be a composite image that will preserve the fine details. Given below are some steps that will help you composite shadows using this plug-in.

Step 1: Getting Started

The first step that you need to complete is to install the plug-in on your system. All you need to do is select the Advantedge setup program and run the Advantedge installer. The installer will take you through the installation process. All you need to do is submit your inputs when required to complete the installation process.

Step 2: Creating a New Effect

Choose the host application in which you will be launching the Ultimatte Advantedge plug in. Start up the host application, and find and launch the advanced Advantedge plug-in. The foreground image that you want to work on is displayed in a single panel. You can change the format of this window and choose the desired layout from the options list on the left hand side of the control panel. Select the image display area, and you will find the view palette from which you can select the view that you require.

Once you have done this, take a picture of the image that is being displayed in the image display area by clicking on the camera icon. You can use this image to compare with your new composite image. Once you have the foreground image with you, select the backing color and the area near the screen which has the important image detail. Once you have selected this, the image is rendered and a new composite is displayed.

Step 3: Enhancing the Effect

On completion of these steps, use the screen correction feature to first alter the density of the shadow appropriately. From the automated pop-up menu, select the screen and use the "Add Overlay" tool, and scrub the areas that represent the screen which includes the shadow too. This procedure has to be continued till the foreground image and its shadows are surrounded with an overlay.

In case the overlay has some dark foreground areas, use the Shadow control and recover these areas. Now for the shadows that you want to preserve in the foreground image, use the Hold Shadow option while the Roto Screen correction is enabled in Matte that is selected from the Automation pop up. To remove unwanted shadows, use the Remove Noise option to eliminate them. Once you have completed these processes and want to alter the tint of the foreground shadows, all you need to do is choose the Match Shadows feature, click on the color from the color palette and change the tint of the shadows.

Step 4: Final Process

Once you have completed these processes, select the OK button and this will render your shadow composite image back to the host application. You can view your desired output in the Outputs tab.