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Welcome to Dr dudes SA tutorials pages. Studio artist is an amazing program with so many functions its hard to keep track of them all. We at Dr Dudes hope to help you unlock some of the secrets of Studio artist. These pages are a work in progress and reflect my needs for the program which mostly are video rotoscoping. Mark Greenberg MD, Dr Dude Productions

Project 1: Fixed Morphs using the animation time line.

Project 2: The Melting Face using warp regional modified

NEW>>> SA Paint Action Sequences (PAS): Here are some image operations presets saved as PAS. They are all mixed up and by no specific name, but have some really cool effects especially when applied over time to movie files.

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Some Studio Artist Tips
1. Blending Modes: Many of SA's best features lie under the hood so to speak. Some of the coolest effects and other painting tools have come by just plain messing around with certain settings especially the blend modes. There are so many of them and lots of times just changing a blend mode in an image operation can totally change the out come of that effect.

2. The workspace is an under appreciated feature of SA. It is my understanding that saving the workspace by going to File> =export workspace will save all the stuff you have in any of the memory buttons. After I work on a project where I have bezier curves or gradients or whatever in the memory buttons I just save the work space along with the image and when I go back to working on the image I load the workspace and everything is there.

3. Saving Image operations as presets: Along the lines of tip 2, the only way to save an image operation in sa v1.x is to make a paint action sequence that uses the image operation, and then export the PAS. I use Image operations alot in my movie rotoscoping and alot of times I just tweak the image operations just a little bit to get a certain effect. To save all those changes I just create PAS by checking record and then hitting the action button. Then uncheck record and export the PAS Action> export PAS. I keep the PAS both in my presets folder labled for image operations or specific projects and I keep a copy with the project as a backup. If you store a PAS in the PAS folder in your SA folder (MAC OS), you won't see it until you quit the program and restart it.

4. Save multiple variations to an image operation in a PAS. I got this one from Chuck Floading on the wwug list. Along the lines of # 3, is to vary an image operation just a little bit and then save it in a PAS by executing an action. So as an example you can create an IO of a smart contrast (one of my personal favorites for video) and then vary the smoothness just slightly and save multiple versions. Then when you go looking for an effect the variations are all in one place. Just play back that step to see the individual versions.

5. Turning on the help messages: If you are new to SA you should definitely do this. It then gives you a little decription of what everything is and does, as the SA interface doesn't have much helpful text on it. Undrer the Edit menu there is an item about presets. Toggling that on and off seems to turn on the help messages for me. I know there must be a better way but I have yet to find it.

6. If SA acts weird, trash the prefs file. This just happend to me and boy was I frustrated till I fiigured it out. Be sure to trash all of ypour pref files, because if yhou changed your prefs you will have 2 of them.

This next section comes from Chuck Floading...

7.A helpful tip is to use some of Studio Artist's hard to find keyboard shortcuts. They are rarely (if ever) mentioned in the manual.

c and clicking on canvas is color sample or eye dropper.
b and dragging on canvas adjusts brush size
q and drag switches to the current region selection tool.
h and click on canvas to move it if you're zoomed in.

8.Space bar will interrupt an action and also works like the shutter release of a camera. When you're using an interactive pen and you lift up, for a brief second, the pen pressure goes from hard to soft to zero. Zero pressure is mouse up. But what if the effect you want to achieve onscreen is pressure sensitive? How do you mouse up and keep the pressure you want at the same time. You have to hit the space bar.

9. Helpful information can be foundt if you click and hold on the question mark below the active paint patch's name. This is how you can view help hints that were saved there.(Change them with the feature under the edit menu.) I use this spot sort of a "note to self area". I'll write an idea of how to use the patch, or if its a new creation, I'll sometimes note the patch I tweaked to get the new one. You can also change the picture under the preset so it means more to you.

10. Storage buttons:The other convention of Studio Artist that seems to hold for just about every memory button on the interface is, Option click to put stuff into the memory button, Command Option click to erase, and simply click to access the stored settings. Don't forget about turning on the tool tips to help you figure out the interface as stated in tip #5.

11. M hot key to move a regional selection : m hold down key while clicking on canvas to move a region selection. The effects are easiest to see if you switch the operation to "region selction" now select. Then hold "m" and click on the selection. Basically, you're doing a simultaneous copy and paste. The composite pop-up at the bottom of the Region Selection pane will control how the selection is pasted once you let up on the mouse button.