How to Composite Fine Hair Using Ultimatte AdvantEdge

Ultimatte AdvantEdge plug-in allows users to capture fine details like hair, smoke or water from green or blue screen shots. This is quite an advantage over traditional tools like chroma key. Ultimatte AdvantEdge is so easy to use that most people will be able to easily use the software.

Step 1: Understanding What You Can Capture

With most green or blue screen images, the subtle details are lost like fine hair or shadows. These details disappear as the two frames are composited together. But, even before the two frames are composited, the Ultimatte AdvantEdge shots look darker than traditional blue or green screens. The screens in this program are a mix of dark and light colors to pick up the natural shades in the frame.

This same technology can be used to capture the fine detail of a person’s hair. Oftentimes when someone is placed against a blue or green screen, the final image is more of an outline of the original. Individual details are lost, but AdvantEdge has the ability to analyze the photo and figure at what settings the parameters should be.

Step 2: Capturing Fine Hair Details

To capture the fine hair details, move the cursor over the different areas of the photo. This will essentially “scrub” the photo. This should be done over the background, foreground and matte, and this should also be done on the object itself, including the person’s arm, face and hair. This creates a map for the program to follow.

Once this is done, the person’s finer details like the hair need to be selected. This will let the program know that these areas should be opaque. Users may further tweak the selection to ensure that the program is selecting all the right details. From here, the program just needs to be run, and the selected areas will be kept.

Step 3: Using Spill Suppression

Once the object has been scrubbed, you may have to do some fine-turning via the spill suppression tool. When the image is transferred to the new background, there is a chance that some of the blue will remain. This can usually be seen in the finer details of the hair and maybe the ears, nose or accessories.

The spill suppression effects can be added to these areas to eliminate the lingering blue within the photo. Simply select the area that needs to be fixed and then run the spill suppression effect. Then, carefully scan the rest of the photo to ensure that nothing else was missed. Once all the blue has been eliminated, the image can be added to the new background.

Step 4: Importance of Finer Details

Without the details in an image, it looks either extremely fake or just missing something. Shadows, frizzy hair or loose strands are what should be seen. Without them, it clearly indicates that the photo or image was manipulated.

If you are a professional photographer or video editor, then you need to ensure that the final product look as good as it can. The more real that an image looks, the happier the client will be.