Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Changing colors of objects with the Paint effect, part of Editing with Composites and Effects in Avid Media Composer.
The Paint effect allows you to draw shapes within layers of video to alter the pixels within that shape in some way. Whether it be to change chroma or luma levels, add a blur, or perform clones or scratch removals. In this movie we'll take a look at some of the various ways you can use the Paint effect. Okay, so I have my spaceship scene and I'd like to add a little bit more color to it. I want to maybe change the color of the spaceship here. So, I'm going to go into the Effect palette, and in the Image category I see the Paint Effect, and I can Option+Drag or Alt+Drag on a PC, that effect on top.
And let's go ahead and open up the Effect Editor. And this looks a lot like the AniMatte effect. We have the same Shape Creation tools over here on the right. So we have the Rectangle tool, the Oval tool. We have the Polygon tool. We have the Freeform Curve tool, and then the Brush tool. So since this is a little bit of an interesting shape, I think the Polygon tool would be the best choice. And I'm going to just click and release, click and release, to form sharp edges, and I also have the option of clicking and dragging to make Bezier curves.
So, I'm just going to drag all the way around in the shape here. And here we have a bright red shape. It doesn't look that great, but we will change that to something else. But right now what we want to do is actually just animate it to go across and follow the spaceship. So I'm just going to put a keyframe right as soon as the spaceship enters the frame, right here, and sort of match it up.
And then on the first one I need it completely out of the frame. And then, I'm going to put another keyframe here, and match it up, and we just want to make sure that it follows it perfectly across, which it does. And I'm going to put another keyframe here, and align it just so. And then we need to make sure it's all the way off the screen in the very end. Okay, looks good.
So, we want to change this from being bright red to maybe an icy blue. I'm going to go ahead and just select all my keyframes, Command+A or Ctrl+A on a PC, and everything is good to go. My shape is selected. My keyframes are selected. I'm going to change it from Solid to Colorize, and that kind of puts a tint on it. And my solid color was red, so now my colorize is red. I'm going to go ahead and just click on this button right here and my color wheel will open up, and I'm going to pick a nice icy blue color, and then I'm going to say OK, and it looks a little saturated to me, so I'm going to just bring the opacity down, just a bit.
And I'm going to play to make sure this looks okay. And it looks pretty good. What I want to do is actually add some Feathering so that I can soften that edge just a little bit. Feathering is right here and I'm just going to increase my Horizontal and Vertical parameters and decrease my Bias just a little bit. And let's just take a look at that. Okay. The Feathering actually gave me a little glow which I kinda like, and I think it's looking pretty good.
Now I can actually change this to really anything and you can totally experiment yourself with all of the various Mode choices. I do want to show you one more thing and it involves making another shape and using something called Magic Mask to just color one thing and not the background. So for example, I want to put like a reddish tint on the planet here, and make sure that I don't get the tint on the stars in the background.
So what I'm going to do is just draw a shape around the planet, and I'm going to use my Freeform Curve tool, and I'm just going to follow it along like so. And as you can see, if I put a colorize over everything, it of course colors the sky, but if you just take this and move it to Outline so that you can basically just see right through it.
I'm going to come to Magic Mask, and I'm going to sample the color of the planet. I'm going to click in here, and then just sample this color here, of the planet. And because the rings have the same basic hue, I think we'll have success with coloring just the planet and the rings. Then I can come into Mode, and I'm going to colorize this as well. And you can see that it just colored the planet and the rings. And we want it to be just slightly pinkish.
Like so, okay, very good. Now as I drag this through, you see that I have a little bit of a problem. My spaceship gets a little pink too. Well, no worries, I'm just going to come over to my Effect Editor and I have a Bring Forward and Send to Back button. I'm just going to send this shape to the back, and now we should be in business. My blue spaceship is now traveling over my pink planet. And I'm just going to click out here in the gray area and give it a little bit of a play, so we can see.
(video playing) Okay, so there you have it. We've animated a paint shape to follow our spaceship, we've applied a Magic Mask over our planet, and we've changed the order of the shape so that everything is cohesive and works together. And we've brightened up our scene and made it a little bit more colorful.
- Introducing compositing
- Pulling chroma keys with SpectraMatte
- Animating a chroma key
- Working with luma keys using the 3D Luma Keyer
- Masking out part of an image with the AniMatte effect
- Using AniMatte effects as transitions
- Using alpha channels in keys
- Creating a title sequence using a layered Photoshop file
- Changing the color or characteristics of an area inside the video frame using the Paint effect
- Writing words with the Brush tool
- Cloning and tracking objects
- Removing scratches and artifacts