Making Backgrounds with Ultimatte Advantedge

Ultimatte Advantedge is one of the plug-ins that can be used in photo-editing and graphic programs such as Photoshop. Using Ultimatte AdvantEdge is an art of its own. An excellent compositing output not only requires the composites to be flawless and free of any hard lines, but must also have a background that compliments the overall quality of the scene. At one point or another, you might find it necessary to make a background image be integrated in your work.

Step 1: Get the Background Picture

For the first step, you must find an image to work on. You can take pictures of sceneries and objects found in the environment and turn it into a texture. To “texturize” the image you took, you can simply apply one of several Photoshop filters like Grain, Mosaic, Stained Glass or Pathwork on the image and save it. You can also create a texture from scratch and save it as a background image, which you can use later for compositing.

Step 2: Create a New Project

Run Photoshop and create a new file by selecting File from the menu and then “New”. When the dialog box comes up, specify the image resolution to be 60 pixels by 60 pixels and in RGB mode. Save the image with an appropriate filename.

Step 3: Create a Texture

To start making your texture, choose Filter from the menu and select “Noise” and then “Add Noise”. Select “Gaussian” and specify the setting to be at 80%. Select Ok. Select Filter again and choose “Stylize” and then “Emboss”. Make the following changes: modify the angle to -50, height to 2 pixels and the amount to 70%. Select Ok.

Step 4: Choose the Texture Color

You must specify your desired texture color. You can do this by going to the Image menu and selecting “Adjust” and then choose the “Hue Saturation” option. Check the “Colorize” option and specify 40 for the Hue and for saturation; you should enter a value of 100. Note that different numbers for the Hue settings will correspond to different colors.

Step 5: Save the Texture

Save the texture in GIF format by selecting the said format in the drop down menu in the Save As dialog box.

Step 6: Match the Background and Foreground

You can then use the image you saved as a background image for compositing. Remember to always match the colors of the background image to your foreground elements. You can do this by using the Color Conformance feature of Ultimatte AdvantEdge. Color conformance will allow you to use the Match color dropper and select the colors that you can match between the foreground and background elements of your work.

In order to deliver excellent composite output using Ultimatte Advantedge, you must always pay attention to the details of both the background and foreground elements of the work. Both the foreground and background must complement one another and be well-matched in terms of color, light and styling. Backgrounds are important in enhancing the overall quality of the scene, and they must always look realistic. The transition between the edges of the background and foreground must also be smooth and natural.