announced onTuesday that Primatte Chromakeyer 2.0, the next version of its chromakeycompositing plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, is nowavailable. The tool brings Hollywood-style blue and green screen maskingtechnology to your Mac.
“Chromakeying has become increasingly important in graphic design and stillphotography,” said Jim Tierney, president of Digital Anarchy. “For instance,portrait photographers can now shoot a person on a blue or green screen andthen put any digital background they want behind them. This eliminates theneed for expensive physical backgrounds and significantly simplifies theprocess.”
Primatte 2.0 extracts a single color background from a digital image andcreates a transparency mask that you can replace with something else. Wantto pretend you joined the Spirit rover when it landed on Mars? No problem.When you’re done, you can use Primatte to remove what’s known as “bluespill,” which is a problematic color cast that sometimes remains on themasked object.
The software also features Photoshop layer support, spill correction andfine-tuning tools, advanced mask control, compatibility with Photoshopactions, the ability to Chromakey almost any background color, and a markand recall option that allows you to save the last mask settings for lateruse.
Primatte Chromakeyer 2.0 is available now for US$269 as part of a limitedtime offer (the regular piece is $299). Users of version 1.0 can upgrade for$99 for a limited time (the regular price is $129). Digital Anarchy’s Website doesn’t say how long the limited offer lasts. The software works withPhotoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Jasc Paint Shop Pro on Mac OS 8.6 orhigher (including Mac OS X).