CyberLink PowerDirector – Taking a Look How to blend your own images and video clips

in this tutorial and CyberLink PowerDirector I’d like to introduce you to blending blending is what happens when you have a two images on adjacent tracks or two videos on adjacent tracks or a video and an image on an adjacent track any combination of the above so what I’d like to do is show you a little bit about it and this lesson will focus on blending your own objects we’re going to take this image this picture of a neon sign called Studio Americana and drag it down to track number one then I’m going to take this other image I took at the the open house of this new business in Minneapolis it’s an audio-video studio and drag that down into track number two so I have an image on track 1 a video on track 2 I could reverse it but what we find normally is when we have something that has no competition there is no nothing above it or below it it just we see it normally but when we move our scrubber over track number 2 automatically overrides every pixel of whatever is on track number 1 so the higher numbered track comes in front and wins that’s actually a blending mode the one called normal so in normal blending this track unless you make it somewhat opaque will override every single pixel of the track with a smaller number immediately underneath it and so what we’re going to do is look at a couple different options on blending I will I can get into the blending apparatus several different ways one way is to simply highlight the lower track track number 2 in this case right click and click on set clip attributes I hold my mouse over that I have a submenu called set blending mode and we see the default is normal and I can change it to darken and then we have a different kind of combination I’ll use my control Z to underlie that but I’d like to show you a better way to get into your blending of your own items I’m going to click on the Tools menu and click on power tools you’d think I click on blending effect but that works better if you’re using a preset blend we’ll talk about that in another lesson but I’m going to go to power tools then I’ll click on blending mode and now I have a simple drop down here where I can compare my eight options again the normal blending which I did is set on means every pixel in the higher number track winds out or overrides every pixel in the lower numbered track so let’s try another couple options here we have eight all together the second one I’ll pick will be darkened now when I click on darken what happens is the the darken blending mode retains the darkest pixels of all the clips that are being blended so it takes the darkest pixels from here and the darkest pixels from the image above let’s try another one let’s try multiply what multiply does is slightly different it retains the darkest pixels of our selected clip which is in and track number two and removes the lightest pixels by making them transparent so the lightest pixels here become transparent and therefore the studio Americana logo shows through them but not the darkest pixels the door for example which we have here in the back I’ll go back to the normal mode so you can see these will be the darker pixels and this over here will be the lighter ones and so when I click the darken you notice the slacks went out because they’re darker the door winds out because it’s darker that’s what darken does so the darkest pixels on the higher number track when let’s try the opposite for now let’s try lighten now when we do lighten it the it retains the lightest pixel colors of all the clips so whatever is the lighter color will went out and this one looks pretty good in this particular case at least for the four part of the the studio Americana logo unless we’ve had darken and lighten let’s see what multiply does will click on multiply now multiply is a rather odd beast what it does it takes the darkest pixels like we saw before you see the door there of the selected media and it removes the lightest pixels in there by making them transparent so it’s a little bit of a mix let’s try another one let’s do a screen what screen does is the opposite to multiply so the brightest pixels are retained and the darkest pixels become transparent so now the pixels of the door are behind the blown glass here of this image so that’s another option that’s my let’s screen let’s look at one more on two more overlay in overlay we have multiplies so the light pixels are winning out but we also have the darker pixels blending so we have dark around here that we didn’t in the other and let’s try hueh hueh is kind of an odd duck the the hue blending mode it blends the hue from the selected clip which is our second one down with the lightness and saturation of a clip above and since it’s mostly black this is what we wind up with if you’re confused you’re exactly where I am and understanding exactly what’s going on I really don’t pay much attention to what happens all I really care about is what it looks like and in this case I’d probably pick a lighten and if I wanted to do this neon sign I’d probably go ahead and double-click on that image and I’d make it smaller and I’d put it in one of the corners here and then I’d keep my blending mode to either assume go back to blending I do lighten I might want to do I can’t tell much difference there on screen okay but there’s some I definitely wouldn’t want to use but it gives you the option of doing something out of the ordinary most people I suspect will not use blending mode for their own production built on their own images and videos it will be something where you will take a preset and modify our videos with a preset blend we’ll look at that in the next lesson you.

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