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    Default Re: Never tried Green Screen ie;Chroma Key

    Looking at the design itself, I question whether the text suits the picture. The train is weight and power. The weather is inclement and visibility is poor. The picture, as a whole, is dark, moody and menacing.

    In the first pic I made the Q249 prominent as it's short, mysterious and punchy, as in, the train IS Q249!
    The second pic simply moves the text slightly behind the train, making the power and force of the train the most prominent feature.
    #1 is the one I'd go with. #2 is a bit 'fussy'.

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    Default Re: Never tried Green Screen ie;Chroma Key

    only time to give video a quick watch - like the way you enhanced the picture

    if you put text along the track you will need to give it perspective [taper it to the distance] same as the tracks, and the train, otherwise it will look clumsy

    agree with chris re text - first pic the brain sees what is there immediately, second pic it needs a split second to seperate out the text from the train....
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    Default Re: Never tried Green Screen ie;Chroma Key

    Hi Sam, here's a video covering Chris M's & Handrawns points:

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    Default Re: Never tried Green Screen ie;Chroma Key

    Apologies for the delay, all. Important family matters came up and I had to tend to them. I greatly appreciate all the tips and information everyone has provided. I will most definitely give the shape tool with the text a try. As far as the images created by Chris M, I would love to know how you did that! It looks amazing! And Egg, unfortunately, I am unable to see the XAR file as we aren't using the same version of Xara, I had an error pop up stating that some assets cannot be loaded due to that issue. I have yet to watch the video provided but I will as soon as I get the chance. Again, thank you all for the help and information.


    This was what I ended up using, I neglected to upload it. If anyone wants to see what it looks like or change anything feel free. I removed the name of the game from the image so as to not advertise it here. So if it looks a bit empty or barren that's why.
    Q249 Baltimore - Connellsville Autorack-v2.xar
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    Default Re: Never tried Green Screen ie;Chroma Key

    Quote Originally Posted by Spectra13 View Post
    Chris M, I would love to know how you did that!Q249 Baltimore - Connellsville Autorack-v2.xar
    Creating the text effect is actually straight forward. Tricks of the trade and all that.


    Select the picture and clone it, (Edit > Clone, or ctrl+k. Don’t move either picture.
    Type your text and drag it to the place you want it.
    With the text selected, shift+click the picture.
    Arrange > Combine Shapes > Slice (cut) Shapes, or ctrl+4
    Click the Shadow Tool and choose the Glow Shadow
    Open the colour picker
    Ctrl click the shadow and use the dropper to select a colour from the picture
    Adjust stuff

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    Default Re: Never tried Green Screen ie;Chroma Key

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris M View Post
    Creating the text effect is actually straight forward. Tricks of the trade and all that.


    Select the picture and clone it, (Edit > Clone, or ctrl+k. Donít move either picture.
    Type your text and drag it to the place you want it.
    With the text selected, shift+click the picture.
    Arrange > Combine Shapes > Slice (cut) Shapes, or ctrl+4
    Click the Shadow Tool and choose the Glow Shadow
    Open the colour picker
    Ctrl click the shadow and use the dropper to select a colour from the picture
    Adjust stuff
    Thank you very much! I've got it figured out and when I get the chance I'm going to work on it a bit more to iron out some wrinkles then I'll post it here. You guys are amazing and I cant begin to say how much I appreciate all your tips and tricks! Thanks again!

 

 

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