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Chapter 7. Getting Creative with Keys > Creating Soft-Edge Keys

Creating Soft-Edge Keys

Keeping with the Photoshop method of creating custom matte key images, you can easily avoid hard-edge cutouts and add a touch of softness. To create soft-edge matte key cutouts, do the following:

1.
Select a soft-edge brush in Photoshop when painting your matte key image, as shown in Figure 7.15.

Figure 7.15. The Brushes palette in Photoshop.


2.
To select different brush sizes and edges, select Window > Show Brushes.

3.
The gradient or feathered areas appear as a soft-edge image when you apply Premiere's image matte key effect, as shown in Figure 7.16.

Figure 7.16. Add a creative touch to your movie by using soft-edge matte keys.



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