PhotoStage Pro User’s Manual 2: HUD

Setup and Menus

Chat Interface


Click the Backdrop button on the top of the HUD to display the Backdrop controls. The controls are arranged in four panels: Texture, Colour, Rotate, and Resize.

Backdrop: Texture

PhotoStage Pro organizes textures into Groups. For information on how to organize the textures in your PhotoStage Pro, please refer to the Organizing Textures section.

Icons for each group are shown in the Group Display at the top of the Texture Panel.

Icons for the individual textures within a Group are shown on the Texture Display in the center of the Texture panel.

1. Texture Panel 2. Group Display 3. Texture Display 4. Name Bar 5. Active Texture

To place a texture on the backdrop:

  1. Use the Group Display (2) to select a Group.
  2. Use the arrow buttons to cycle through the Groups in steps of 1 or 5. (The floating number shows how many Groups are available in either direction.)
  3. Click on the icon for the Group you want.
  4. The Group icon will light up to indicate that it is active. The name of the active Group will also appear on the left side of the Name Bar (4).
  5. Use the Texture Display (3) to select a texture.
  6. Use the arrow buttons to cycle through the textures. (The floating number display shows how many textures are available in either direction.)
  7. Click on a texture icon to load its texture onto the backdrop.
  8. The texture icon will light up on the Texture Display to show that it is active, and its name will be shown on the right side of the Name Bar.
  9. The texture will also appear on the Active Texture button (5) on the bottom center of the Texture Panel.

Use the Green Screen (green rectangle) button to load a green screen on the backdrop. Use the Active Texture button to restore the previously used texture and settings on the backdrop. (See Green Screen below.)

Use the No Texture button (grey rectangle) to remove textures from the backdrop.

Use the T buttons to adjust the texture tile factor. Click the minus and plus icons to decrease or increase this value.

To adjust brightness, use the Full (yellow “sun”) and Normal (yellow circle) buttons.

To adjust the glow intensity, use the G buttons . Click the minus and plus icons to decrease or increase this value.


Backdrop: Green Screen

The Green Screen feature in PhotoStage Pro provides an efficient method for placing a green screen on the backdrop, and then restoring the previously used texture and settings. If you work in Photoshop, this greatly simplifies the task of creating separate layers for the foreground subject and the background in order to make adjustments or apply effects such as shadows.

To use the Green Screen feature:

  1. Click the Green Screen button (green rectangle) to load a green screen on the backdrop.
  2. Click the Active Texture button (bottom center of the Texture Panel) to restore the previously used texture and settings. PhotoStage Pro retains in memory the previously used texture as well as any tile, brightness, glow, and colour settings, and restores all of these on the backdrop.

If desired, you can change the colour of the Green Screen (for example, to use a blue screen instead):

  1. Edit the PhotoStage Pro Backdrop, and open the Content tab.
  2. Locate the notecard labelled #GreenScreenColour=<0,1,0>
  3. Right-click the notecard and select Rename from the popup menu.
  4. Type the new RGB values needed; for example, <0,0,1> for a blue screen.
  5. Do not change or delete any text other than the RGB values. Doing so will cause the PhotoStage Pro to malfunction.
  6. Press Enter to save the new setting, and close the Edit window.
  7. When you click the Green Screen button, the new colour values will be applied to the backdrop.


Backdrop: Colour

You can change the colour of the Backdrop using predefined Colour buttons, or by selecting Custom Colours using RGB values.

Click one of the predefined Colour buttons to place that colour on the Backdrop. The available options are: (top row, from left to right) Red, Green, Blue, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Grey, White; (bottom row) Dark Red, Dark Green, Dark Blue, Dark Cyan, Dark Magenta, Dark Yellow, Dark Grey and Black.

To create Custom Colours by adjusting the RGB (red, green, blue) values:

  1. Click one of the percentage buttons (20%, 5% and 1%) to select the specific amount that a colour will change.
  2. Click the minus and plus icons on the RGB buttons to decrease or increase the RGB values by the selected amount.
  3. The colour changes will appear on the Backdrop as you adjust the RGB values.

Note: the 20%, 5% and 1% percentages correspond to 0.2, 0.05 and 0.01 colour units, respectively.


HUD Introduction

HUD Quick Start

Setting Up the HUD

Using the HUD

Backdrop: Texture, Green Screen & Colour

Tools: Lights, Effects & Gazers

Tools: Position & Colour

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