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  • Soft Drop Shadows in Photoshop for Media Composer

  • Tim Vece

    December 30, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    Does anyone know the procedure for generating a soft drop shadow in Photoshop that can easily be imported into Media Composer. Current YouTube videos or tutorials only show the procedure for Media Composer v8. I’m on 2021.9.

    Thank you.

  • Glenn Sakatch

    January 1, 2022 at 5:21 pm

    if you are asking how to create files in photoshop that will import into Avid with proper alpha, the key in photoshop is to rasterize your layer effects. Keep your layer and your background separate. I use black backgrounds as well. I feel Avid prefers items premultiplied over black.

    Once you have a background and a logo with drop shadow layer, ctrl click the logo layer in the thumbnail section to select it’s contents.

    Then at the bottom, you want to make a new alpha channel from that selection. I’m not in front of photoshop right now, but the button is down in the layer section where the trash can is. (You might have to switch to your channels tab first) If done correctly, you should see a new channel of the alpha image added to the RGB channels.

    From there, save as a keyable format. I use tif files, although png should work fine.

    In Avid, you need to invert your alpha when you import your logo.

    If this doesn’t make sense, i can add some screen shots when i’m in front of photoshop.

  • Tim Vece

    January 10, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    Thank you! Sorry it took so long to reply. I’m gonna try your recipe and if it comes out all wonky, I’ll ask you for those screenshots.

  • Eric Santiago

    January 13, 2022 at 2:32 pm

    It’s 2022 and we still have to do this in Avid…

  • Glenn Sakatch

    January 13, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    Yup…unless you buy a plugin, or go old school with a double element…one blurry black version under the main version.

    Used that technique many times over the years.

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