Photoshop not required! Titles, Lower Thirds Graphics
Photo Moment - March 20, 2021
In tip 004, I showed you how to create accurate, transparent Title and Lower Thirds graphics with drop shadows and gradients for your ATEM Mini, ATEM Mini Pro, ATEM Mini Pro ISO, or any other ATEM switcher, using Photoshop. But I know a lot of people don't have or want to use Photoshop! So in this tip, I show you what type of graphics have to be created (pre-multiplied alpha is the key!), and how to make them with any app. I use Affinity Photo, but any app that can create a PNG should work!
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What this tip is about…
The first step I do in this video is showing you what a pre-multiplied alpha graphic looks like. It's weird… in a PNG you expect things to fade to transparency. But in a premultiplied alpha image, the fade includes black! Basically, you're looking at a fade to black with a alpha fade on top of it. Howe do we know this? I show you how to extract one of the Photoshop generated accurate files from the ATEM so you can see what they are supposed to look like, then I show you how to do it without photoshop!
Here's the process…
First, generate your graphic with all the fades, glows, shadows, transparencies and so on that you want. Have fun; there's no limits here. Group all of that together, and duplicate the group. Disable that duped group; you'll need it later.
Second, place a solid black layer behind your group, and merge or flatten them so your graphic is now rendered against black.
Third, load the selection from that duplicated, hidden group. That means you'll see the marching ants on screen representing the selection from the hidden layer.
Finally, create a mask on the flattened-black layer using the active selection. That's it!
You're now ready to export as a PNG, which will have that pre-multiplied render on it, and it will look perfect in the ATEM software! (Just don't forget to enable “Pre Multiplied Key” in the ATEM Software).
📄 Full Video Transcript
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