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    Silhouette Backdrops

    Okay, this is my first article in quite a while, so here goes.

    Challenge:
    Make pure black platform backdrops, with smooth edges that work with any color backgrounds.

    Requirements:
    Multimedia Fusion 2 or higher.
    Adobe Photoshop

    Skill Level:
    I would hazard a guess at intermediate.

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    First, Load Photoshop. I will make a 64x32 slope, so set that to your canvas dimensions.



    Set the background color to black and make a new layer. Select the pen tool.



    Right click and Make Selection. Right click again and Select inverse. Fill with white.



    Select all and copy merged.

    Open MMF2. Go to your application. Create a backdrop object, and set it's dimensions to the same as your photoshop's. In this example, it'll be 64x32.
    In the animation editor, click new, go to the transparency settings (press "y") and select Alpha channel->Show,Edit. Then click paste.



    Deselect edit, select black from the pallette, and put one pixel of color onto the black portion of your image. Press ok.

    The result? You get a perfectly smooth slope (this works with curves too wink ) that will look nice on any colored, shaded, or textured background that appears behind it. What else? You also get perfect 0,0,0 black, rather than the 8,0,0 black you normally get.

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    Re: Silhouette Backdrops

    Screenshots pl0x

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    Re: Silhouette Backdrops

    Agreed. I'm curious as to what you are talking about. It sounds interesting enough!

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    Re: Silhouette Backdrops

    If you're going to make a graphics based article I'd say examples are pretty important @_@

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    Re: Silhouette Backdrops

    Added screenshots.

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    Hello Jacob, your sample images aren't visible.
    Can you make a new tutorial or add new images which are working ?

    Thanks!

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