Chroma Key Technique in AKVIS SmartMask

  Customer Room  
   Photo Processing    Video Processing  Download   Purchase   Tutorial   Support   Company  
en  fr  de  es  pt  it  jp  ru  

Tutorial: AKVIS SmartMask

Chroma Key


Chroma Key is a technique used in film and TV production to combine multiple images or frames into a single composition. During the filming, the foreground object is placed in front of a monochromatic backdrop (usually green or blue). In the post production, the color background is removed and replaced with an alternative footage.

The Chroma Key mode in AKVIS SmartMask allows you to quickly and accurately remove a monochrome background.

Source ImageRemoving Background
Removing Background
(hover the mouse over the image to see the original)

    Attention! The chroma key should always be applied to the original image, so use this mode at the first processing stage. Otherwise, the previous changes will be lost.


To remove the background from an image, adjust the following parameters:

  • Color. Using three color plates select the colors to remove. Click on a plate to activate the eyedropper tool and sample a color from the image. Double-click on a plate to call the color selection dialog. Right-click on a color plate to clear it.
  • Background. Select a type of your image's background. Depending on the chosen option, the program will use different pixel removing methods. You can choose between three options:

      Uniform. The background pixels will be removed by the difference between their colors and luminance levels. Use this option for removing monochrome backgrounds as in blue screen or green screen images. Note that this method preserves more details than other methods.

      Non-Uniform. The background pixels will be removed only by the difference between their colors. Use this option for images with an uneven background.

      Gradient. This option uses a complex approach and is intended for removing gradient backgrounds.

    Uniform Background Non-Uniform Background Gradient Background
    Uniform Background Non-Uniform Background Gradient Background

  • Drop Colors/Keep Colors (0-100). The parameter determines the range of colors that should be deleted.

    The higher the Drop Colors value, the more shades of the specified color will be removed from the image. The higher the Keep Colors value, the more shades of the specified color remain in the image. The range between these two parameters determines the number of pixels that become translucent.
    Lower Threshold = 5, Upper Threshold = 20 Lower Threshold = 25, Upper Threshold = 50
    Drop Colors = 5, Keep Colors = 20 Drop Colors = 25, Keep Colors = 50

  • Edges Recovery (0-100). The parameter replaces the colors of semi-transparent pixels on the fragment's edges with the colors of neighboring opaque pixels.
    Edges Recovery = 10 Edges Recovery = 100
    Edges Recovery = 10 Edges Recovery = 100
  • Desaturation (0-100). The parameter reduces the color saturation of semi-transparent pixels on the edges of the cut-out fragment.
    Desaturation = 0 Desaturation = 100
    Desaturation = 0 Desaturation = 100
  • Blur (0-100). The parameter blurs the fragment's edges.
    Blur = 1 Blur = 5
    Blur = 1 Blur = 5
  • In the View Mode drop-down menu, you can select an option for displaying the cut-out object in the Image Window.

To accept the changes, press the OK button. To exit the mode without saving changes, click the Cancel button. To restore the default settings, click on Default.


To edit edges of the resulting fragment use the Refine Edges mode.

To replace the old background with a new one, use the Custom Background mode.

How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Mask View Modes — Mask View Modes
   — Custom Background — Custom Background
   — History Palette — History Palette
   — Save and Load Projects — Save and Load Projects
   — Preferences — Preferences
   — Hot Keys — Hot Keys
Making Selections Making Selections
   — Automatic Selection Tools — Automatic Selection Tools
   — Manual Selection Tools — Manual Selection Tools
   — Quick Selection — Quick Selection
   — Standard Selection Tools — Standard Selection Tools
   — Magic Brush — Magic Brush
   — Chroma Key — Chroma Key
   — Refine Edges — Refine Edges
   — Post-Processing Tools — Post-Processing Tools
   — Additional Tools — Additional Tools
Video Lessons Video Lessons
   — Quick Selection & Mask View Modes — Quick Selection & Mask View Modes
   — Auto Selection of Similar Objects — Auto Selection of Similar Objects
   — Auto Tools & Edge Priority — Auto Tools & Edge Priority
   — Smart Color Picker — Smart Color Picker
   — Selecting Hair: Auto & Brushes — Selecting Hair: Auto & Brushes
   — Magic Brush for Transparent Objects — Magic Brush for Transparent Objects
   — Automatic Recognition of Areas — Automatic Recognition of Areas
   — Quick Selection & Background Eraser — Quick Selection & Background Eraser
   — Extract a Person from a Photo — Extract a Person from a Photo
   — Selecting Water Splashes — Selecting Water Splashes
   — Improve Selections with Refine Edges — Improve Selections with Refine Edges
   — Removing Green Screen Background — Removing Green Screen Background
   — Adding a New Background — Adding a New Background
Examples Examples
   — Separate a Person from a Photo — Separate a Person from a Photo
   — Around the World in One Day — Around the World in One Day
   — Magic Window — Magic Window
   — Little Princess — Little Princess
   — Changeable Landscape — Changeable Landscape
   — Golden Colors of Fall — Golden Colors of Fall
   — Snow Paradise — Snow Paradise
   — Cat and Dog: a Fantasy Collage — Cat and Dog: a Fantasy Collage
   — Breaking the Fourth Wall — Breaking the Fourth Wall
   — Flight under the Moonlight — Flight under the Moonlight


SmartMask v. 10.0 - Free 10-day Trial    Download


back to top


Sign In   
  English  | Français  | Deutsch  | Español  | Português(Br)  | Italiano  | 日本語  | Pусский  |
Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Forum
© 2004-2018 AKVIS. All Rights Reserved. 
Privacy Policy