10. Basic Color Keying
• Use Keylight to achieve great green screen work
• Learn basic color correction techniques
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May 14, 2007
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225 Responses to "Basic Color Keying"
andrea
03/26/2014
where are the project files andrew as none of us can do it without them
Emil
05/17/2014
I got the files from the Serious FX training DVD.
ian
03/26/2014
wheres the project files as its pretty useless without them
pom
03/08/2014
hey i love to do this but prob is The project files are missing pls add them so we can try it
leecach
02/28/2014
how can i put a new layer with the backround
Name
02/28/2014
good
Santent
01/16/2014
The project files download link is missing. I would love to complete this tutorial (im working on them in sequential order). Thank you Andrew!
Yulia
09/13/2013
The project files are missing!
Leslie
09/04/2013
It's funny how you promote Sam and toggle to widescreen in the end. Great tutorial though.
zoha3d
08/07/2013
thanks
khaled
06/16/2013
you are the best!!
Sanzin
06/03/2013
Thank you and WOW!!!!
Alex
05/31/2013
awesome tutorial :D always learning something new with you!
Chandrakanth Panchal
11/27/2012
Cool...
Murat
11/15/2012
Amazing. thank you
steven
11/05/2012
video not working
Andrei
10/19/2012
Wow! Amazing!!
MailLo Elhamy
08/10/2012
hey Andrew, I'm happy to write to you...

Actually i've a problem...

I'm making a video for a blood donating awareness and I use your tutorial (Medical zoom), my problem is when i downloaded the project and tried to use the RED Cells video to make png sequences it came out with black background, then i turned to this tutorial to see how can i remove the background, then it didn't work!!
I use keylight 1.2 and it doesn't remove the black BG, i tried to use color key but it keeps some black noisy around the smashed orange :D
thnx Andrew, hope u see it before it's too late :D
___________
I'm not an English speaker so i hope u understand me.
Ilker
10/30/2012
if you have a picture that has a black background just change it to screen blending mode. that usually works for me
seth
06/15/2012
cool but how do you use green screens with after effects
Ann
05/23/2012
ps: I shot a video in the bathroom, and put a lot of small square pink color paper on the wall, which is for better 3d tracking...and after that, I tried to use the keylight trying to transparent the square, but it doesn't work, and the whole video become very green...so just wondering how the keylight actually works..
Rafael
06/09/2012
You should use a color tone away from the skin tone, like green or blue, never pink. But, if there's no human figure on the screen, for your pink paper square removal it might be better to use the mask technique, I guess...
Ann
05/23/2012
Hey, Andrew. Thanks for your tutorial, I'm new for AE,so sorry to ask you some very basic and stupid question. I'm just wondering whether the keylight can work on differnt color rather than green, and can it work on some small color quare thing(to make it transparent) rather than a color background?
MacMan
06/08/2012
Yes it is possible to use keylight for something besides blue and green. Apply the plugin on you footage then select Screen Colour and click the eye dropper tool on the section you want to key. This will not make it transparent without a clean back plate. You could use black squares and use red giants unmult plugin to make them transparent but you would have to Roto them out.
Karine
05/22/2012
Very detailed tutorial and well explained!! Great job and very helpful!
Thanks a lot
Hlynur
05/14/2012
No footage?..
Gilbert
05/04/2012
Andrew,

You're tutorials are great, but I'm posting again about this problem, cause I posted for tutorial #20 a few weeks ago, and the problem hasn't been fixed yet.

When I click on the "download tutorial" link, an option comes up to save the file "10-Colorkey.zip". I go ahead and save the file, but when I try to extract it, I can't because the ZIP file doesn't contain any actual files. I double click on it to open it and the file is empty.

I don't know if your code for those "download tutorial" links is broken or what. But I've tried to download the files with those links on other computers with different operating systems (except Macs) and I still get an empty ZIP file.

So far, every one of your tutorials that uses that TINY, and HARD TO FIND "Download Tutorial" link has linked to an EMPTY ZIP file. No wonder people keep asking where the footage is. It's easy enough to substitute other footage for several of the tutorials; but tutorial #20 REALLY NEEDS the footage that you shot to work properly.

Please, please fix these empty ZIP file broken links!

Thanks again!
Vaportrail
03/21/2012
After following this simple tutorial, I was a compositing ace before the evening was out. Thanks a bunch guys!
AmoyBaby
12/15/2011
thanks a lot for your tutorials sir andrew... it really helps me a lot cause i was just self studying at home..
NXL Films
11/20/2011
I really appreciate this tutorial. I was so afraid to shoot anything in green screen because I had really wack results on previous projects. This helped me tremendously and I have overcome my fear of using green screen and AE. Thanks
prime star
11/04/2011
infact you have change my level of video editing.
diego
10/31/2011
how can i put a new layer with the backround
Aj
10/25/2011
Thanks Andrew, Love all your tutorials... =P
Julian
07/06/2011
Where buy After effects?
joey
07/29/2011
at adobe.com
deepesh
06/25/2011
Thanks
Omar Lkhouili
05/29/2011
heyyy man this is cool but
i want to see some video tutorial of "MAYA"
i now this is défficult but please try
and thanks man :D
HendraOne
07/29/2011
i think Andrew using 3Dmax
A.Akmal
03/29/2011
hey, thanks from Egypt :)
alexander micheal durham
03/25/2011
thanks for the help andrew it helps alot. im just a white boy trying to succeed in life.
Justin Bebier
03/15/2011
Oh!! although i am star but i realy love tutorials of videocopilot
Thanks VideoCopilot
thomas
09/02/2011
thats great to know man that we love the same thing...and congRATS U TOOK BEST VIDEO AWARD
Bieber's Haters
08/01/2011
Lol.. Bieberfever goes wrong :P
Steve23
04/06/2011
Justin wouldn't know squat about vfx, he doesnt even know how to sing ;)
Kush Kumar
03/18/2011
hey evreybody knows you aren't
Justin Bieber
cuz its not "Justin Bebier"
its "Justin Bieber"
chris williams
03/08/2011
it was really cool how they taught you special effects step by step.
Mohammad
03/08/2011
This made everything clear :D Thank you So Much :D :D
PLS HELP!!!
03/03/2011
Hey....! How Can I Put Video On The Background...~
Lafftar
03/04/2011
just put the video directly under, thats all
rupali
02/25/2011
thanks to u
this really helps a lot
Adeel
02/20/2011
plz let a trail of this software on this website i love your software really nice ...
annie goel
02/16/2011
woh good tutorial
yeauk
02/13/2011
Please where can we download the video
CPRash
02/05/2011
Steve2302/04/2011
The same problem, but I have after effects cs3 and i cant find keylight anywhere
please respond if you know how or where to get it
Thanks, anyway.
noble
03/07/2011
Its in there click the video file then look under the effect tab at the top
Austinthemonstr
02/20/2011
haha... well buddy key light is a plug in you have to buy. seperatly.
Steve23
02/04/2011
can somone help me i have after effects cs4 and i cant find keylight anywhere

please respond if you know how or where to get it
ALEXANDER
02/07/2011
Steve: Keylight is a plugin that you need buy or download from somwhere in the net and ADD in to your After Effects. Google it as "Keylight for After Effects" Regards
sonmanutd
02/05/2011
You need the keylight plugin
vladymier
01/30/2011
thanks andrew!!! cool !!!
Anish
01/25/2011
Andrew, thanks alot for your tutorials, you ROCK! Keep up the great work!

Anu
from
Ambala,haryana,India
chandu
01/22/2011
its a very nice tutorials
Good
01/08/2011
Thank a lot
BerlinChan
01/08/2011
magic!
and your friend are so lovely,haha
itamar friedman
01/01/2011
i want to download Computer software of this! thank you,

itamar
friedman
Ali
12/19/2010
Thanks For Sharing All this Tutorials.
Ali
India
Àlberto
12/15/2010
Muchas gracias por estos útiles e interesantes tutoriales.
praveen
12/15/2010
iam thank ful to you always andrew
Cornelia
11/27/2010
Please, help, I have Adobe after effects CS3, and then I go to effects, keying, and then there is no keylight. How can I found it? Thank you.
Angelo
12/31/2010
Just go to www.thefoundry.co.uk then go to downloads and at the very bottom of the page there will be an archive (it looks like an email link) it will ask for a password, the password is archive and download keylight. its not illegal its made by them.

Its hard to explain but keylight 1.2 is really free.

-Angelo
Mason Mcw
12/30/2010
Hey guys, Keylight is an Effect that comes with After Effects 7 I think. I might be wrong, but I have CS5 and I used to use AE 6.5, which didn't have a lot of effects. Basically, you should update your version of AE or try the foundry homepage. I doubt it would be there though.
Fred
12/29/2010
I think you have to buy it at the Foundry Homepage
Sandy
12/26/2010
hey cornelia , how are you doing / ok i am just like you , i cant find the keylight plugin , plis if you have a link or something for it , would you please share it with me , i really need it . please ill be really thankful , thanks
Ngwainmbi paul
11/16/2010
this is Wanda God bless who ever came up with this knowledge
9p
11/08/2010
wow it's very useful tutorial
it's not very hard and not very easy
Amit Singh
09/21/2010
Hi,Andrew I am from India.You and your tuts are just fantastic man.Whatever I have learned in AE is bcoz of you and your tuts.Keep going man this way.I really appreciate thy work.Best wishes of mine.
ravy_kh
09/18/2010
Hi dear, I'm really wonder and very insist , How to change background video? pls help me!!!!!!!
thank...
ranses
09/16/2010
I have CS 4 and i dont have the keylight 1.2 plug in. Help!!! where can i get it... for free.
sobanjo mayurwa
09/07/2010
pretty cool.....
Rajesh
09/06/2010
hi...Andrew Kramer.your all tutorials awesome.and let me know how to blend FG edge with BG.........
Thank you..........
Belomy
09/04/2010
yo im from CAPE VERDE and i like yours tutorials.
keep working,im learning a lot.be safe
Gib/css
08/28/2010
Thanks Andrew!! pro^^
Rebecca Rifai
08/24/2010
Hi Andrew,

Since you are the God of creating...can you do a tutorial for a special lady?

I would love to see you put together a scene of someone walking through a 'heavenly' feeling set e.g. white background, bright white lights, camera flare - the kind of scene where a person has died and doesn't know if they are alive or not.

Thanks a million!!
HendraOne
07/29/2011
thats easy for him, the question is, who is that someone?? dont tell me its Sam, haha...
charlz
08/23/2010
really awesome tutorial mehn.
thaya
08/20/2010
thank u
ghsama
08/18/2010
hi.thank you very very much.
you are professional
elvi
08/14/2010
you guys really inspire me a lot.
appreciate it that you got your tutorials online, it helps me a lot.
trigon
08/06/2010
man im from Republic of Kosovo

and i loved your tutorials they are the best tutorials
Irres
08/01/2010
Great, If my country's situation allowed me, for sure I'd buy any product of you. Great job. And thanks for allowing us to view them online.
Tibor
07/25/2010

THANK YOU!!!!
lghost
07/18/2010
Thanks for you tutorials,both ak and sam.
julien33
07/03/2010
you r my no 1,i like you man,all ur tuto r great
luigimamo
07/01/2010
These are the best tuts I have found for each subject you focus on Thanks
filip
06/18/2010
Your tutorials are the greatest help, new horizons are opening every time!
Thanks form Serbia
mateo
06/16/2010
andrew your tutorials are the best man!
best wishes from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Pedro
06/15/2010
Hi i am from Brazil and i wanna say that i love your tutorials.
luisher5
06/07/2010
You are my new hero bro!! thanks for sharing...
Broklin
06/07/2010
Everything you do is really a blessing to every one who is not really blessed like you. It really pains me that i can't used all your products because of PC performance..But you are really a Blessing
Stranger R
05/28/2010
Hi Andrew, your tutorials are realy great.
Thanks alot for sharing! Keep up the good work! Greetings from Romania!
Gadorian
05/25/2010
Hi Andrew, your tutorials are realy helpful. thanks alot! Greetings from Italy!
Sacha
04/26/2010
Man,
was looking for these kind of tutorial for a while. Really impressive great work you're making here. Keep on, your the man !!!
andrew
04/18/2010
thanx all 4 watching :)
Ernesto
04/09/2010
Thanks from Cuba, we always learn and laught a lot with your great tutorials man...

It is a shame that our slow connections does not allow us to download all of your tutos.

Thanks again Man !!!
Amir
03/19/2010
Great Vids, i hope i can learn 'em.dude im really amazed about how you know the scripts in AE!
waiting for your new great tutorials!
ramkandel
03/11/2010
this is great andrew
Nabilux
03/06/2010
Nabil from morocco
Love your tut's

I wish you give us more inspiration
nicole
03/06/2010
omg..u r so talented:D
thx for the tutorial!!
im ur fancy~~
Philmaker
02/20/2010
Very informative and useful, thanks.
And is the video a bit choppy, or is it just me?
David
02/15/2010
Thank you. I have a school project and doing this worked soooooo much better than luma keying it out.
John
02/08/2010
Andrew,
You are doing something much bigger than you know_ you are blindly empowering knowledge to anybody who will take it. The powerful will fear you, the rest will honor and respect you. I am gonna sit at my computer and .. do some more .. stuff. .. so.. GOD LUCK!
waleed
01/22/2010
I thank one of the finest in the establishment of this beautiful site and I wish him luck and success.
Spine
01/19/2010
Thank you, this web page pomohla.Ano me a lot I still have some problems in the orientation in adobe after effects but thanks to this site and tutorials here I was able to get the quality treatment they would here myself coming years. Greetings from Czech
Robb Thompson
01/09/2010
Hey, thanks for all your tutorials Andrew. You're the man. I used this one on a short film I did. It's a Sin Cityesque film noir called Shadow of lies. Your tutorial came in very handy. I'd love it if you checked it out and gave me any comments. It's at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkwpmphCq6M and http://www.vimeo.com/8410680 Thanks again
sectorobzora
12/28/2009
hi peoples! i'm from Russia, yoshkar-Ola city.
your lessons and footages are very good. Also it impotant for me and for my hobby.
So, thank you very much!
My english bad =)))
amir
12/10/2009
oh my god
tanks for toturial
from iran
joel
12/07/2009
hi!i'm from philippines,...i am a beginner of AE...but i saw your tutorials, i think that every thing that you share with us...makes me become pro..tanx a lot...your my master now...keep the good work..:)...GOd Speed
M.Mahdi
11/20/2009
Hi.
Thanks for Shear.
You are professional.
Good Job
Kiber
11/02/2009
hey whats up this is .......))))) i jast wona to say tnx for this tutorials.
yogesh
10/14/2009
hi Andrew

I am a great fan of yours its really nice that you shared your work with all of us.You have a big heart. i am new in this field and learn lots of things from your site.
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