Using the Keyer in Colorista II

Magic Bullet Colorista II is the newest version of Colorista, which is a plug-in for Adobe After Effects and Premiere and Apple Final Cut Pro. The latest version comes with plenty of new features, including a keyer. These tools are so easy to use that even a beginner will easily be able to pick up on how to use these tools.

Step 1: Pull up a Piece of Film

The first thing that you want to do when starting with the keyer is to open up a piece of film and find the image that needs to have the color manipulated. Get to a point where the entire image is visible, as this will allow the user to change the entire image. And, the changes will be applied to the rest of the film.

Step 2: Change the Color

Next, open up the Effects Control tab, and go into the Primary, Secondary and Master color sections. Within the Primary section, users can change the color, brightness and hue of images with the HSL controls. Users can also change the HSL and curves of a color within the Master section.

But, to use the keyer, users must be in the Secondary controls. The keyer will basically allow users to change the look of an entire image by removing the original color. And, it does this by scrubbing out the original color. So, to begin using the keyer, scroll down to the Secondary controls, and click on the keyer.

Step 3: Use the Mask Tool

When the keyer is selected, a window will open up with a geometrical-looking color selector and a graphical vector image of the color. The default tool is the mask tool. Use the mask tool to select a section of color on the picture. Now, that color will show up in the geometrical shape, which means that users can start removing the color. But, generally, all the color has not been selected. So, to finish removing the color, users need to select the + (plus) tool.

Step 4: Use the Plus and Minus Tool

To continue removing the color from an image, zoom in and change the tool to the + (plus) tool. Start scrubbing around the image, which means just holding down the mouse and going over the image.

In many cases, this will start removing the color from the surrounding images, especially if they have a similar color to the main image. To restore color, use the – (minus) key, and go over the areas where the color was deleted.

If that is causing too much of the color to be restored to the original image, users can tweak settings by manipulating them via the settings bar under the graphical vector. Increasing the softness of the tool will allow users to add in color without adding back too much color to the first image.

Step 5: Tweak the Color Even Further

Finally, users can change the look of the color by moving the mask tool’s sliders and the exposure settings within the Secondary Settings.