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HOW TO: "Fade" Characters

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  • HOW TO: "Fade" Characters

    Hello everyone!

    I've been getting a lot of people asking me how to fade out characters or change their opacity. The answer is "you can't" because it is not yet possible to change the opacity of a character. BUT there is a trick to make is appear as though your character is fading in/out, and I will show you how to do that.

    The Trick:
    Upload a background image as an overlay and change the opacity over your character(s).


    EXAMPLE 1: In the example below, I have the girl (myself) at layer 1, the boyfriend at layer 3, and the background overlay at layer 2 (so the overlay is in between the 2 characters).
    Then I changed the opacity to 0.5 to make myself appear as almost invisible.

    BACKGROUND with OVERLAY at layer 2
    &DARA moves to layer 1 and BOYFRIEND moves to layer 3
    @overlay OVERLAY opacity 0.5 in 0





    EXAMPLE 2:
    In the image below, I did the same as above: myself at layer 1, boyfriend at layer 3, and overlay at layer 2.
    At the beginning of the scene I put the overlay at opacity 0, so you can't see the overlay yet when the scene starts.
    Then during the scene, I changed the opacity to 1 in the span of 2 seconds to make it appear as if I'm fading myself out.

    BACKGROUND with OVERLAY at layer 2
    @overlay OVERLAY opacity 0.5 in 0
    &DARA moves to layer 1 and BOYFRIEND moves to layer 3
    @overlay OVERLAY opacity 1 in 2





    AND THAT IS HOW YOU MAKE CHARACTERS "FADE"!
    HAPPY DIRECTING!

  • #2
    Thank you, Dara, so much!

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    • #3
      It would be nice to give credit to the one who found this trick

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      • Dara Amarie
        Dara Amarie commented
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        This isn't something that I "stole" from anyone. I've known how to do this trick for a while (out of mere sudden realization), and it wasn't until people kept asking how this could be achieved that I decided to make this how-to thread. So I can't give "credit" to anyone because I didn't take this idea from anyone.

        I'm also NOT taking credit for this since I know there are other people out there who have also realized you could do this trick.
        Last edited by Dara Amarie; 12-11-2017, 02:53 PM.

    • #4
      What overlay did you use? I'm just curious to see as I don't want to use the wrong one or a different one that looks like something of an object.

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      • Dara Amarie
        Dara Amarie commented
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        I made the background into a PNG image and uploaded it as an overlay. So the overlay is just an image of the background.

    • #5
      Soooooo cool!!!

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      • #6
        Thanks so much!

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        • #7
          I've been looking for this forever! Thank you!

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          • #8
            Hey, for some reason, your method isn't working. I can make the character fade in by making the overlay go from 1 to 0, but when I do it the other way (from 0 to 1), the overlay always abruptly appears, even when I say to go for 2 seconds. The overlay is always wanting to fade out but not fade in.
            Is there a reason?

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            • catsharp53
              catsharp53 commented
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              Are you on the web viewer? Because that's glitchy with fading overlays. I suggest testing it on a mobile device.

            • Emerald Starr
              Emerald Starr commented
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              Okay, Thanks!!

          • #9
            Your method isn't working for me.....

            INT. THE ZONE BEACH with BEACH at layer 2
            &TRUCKER moves to layer 1 and MOLLY moves to layer 3
            @overlay BEACH opacity 0.5 in 0

            I did everything right, I'm pretty sure, but then when I preview it on my computer it just has Molly standing at screen right and Trucker standing at screen right but smaller, I'm using this background

            EXT. TROPICAL BEACH DUSK - DAY


            I made it into a one zone background and now its

            INT. THE ZONE BEACH

            I made it into an overlay as well, then I put it in my script, and that's what happened. I don't know what I'm doing wrong?? Can you please help me if you can?
            Last edited by The Adrienne Napier; 01-14-2018, 11:58 PM.

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            • The Adrienne Napier
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              Dara Amarie but I do have one question, can we move the character that is faded to different places and still keep them faded? Like if I wanted to move my faded character in front of my non-faded character I could just spot direct him/her to the spot and they would still be faded? Or do I have to move the landscape with them also? If so How would I do this to keep them faded while moving?? Thanks!

              EDIT: Nevermind, I got it! Thanks for your help though, I seriously was looking for this forever!

              EDIT: Great, another problem lol, well when I try to make the character fade out, he just disappears, he doesn't fade out at all, this is what I'm doing,

              EXT. GEORGIA with LANDSCAPE at layer 2
              @overlay LANDSCAPE opacity 0.5 in 0
              &TRUCKER moves to layer 1 AND TRUCKER spot 1.318 241 -6 AND TRUCKER is hug and MOLLY moves to layer 3 AND MOLLY spot 1.280 168 -4 AND MOLLY faces left AND MOLLY is hug_rear
              @overlay LANDSCAPE opacity 1 in 3

              If you know how to fix this, help with be appreciated thank you!
              Last edited by The Adrienne Napier; 01-15-2018, 01:26 AM.

            • Dara Amarie
              Dara Amarie commented
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              If you’re using the web previewer, it doesn’t show overlay opacity changes, so you’ll have to test that part out in the app.

            • The Adrienne Napier
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              Thank you so much! XOXO

          • #10
            Why is this not working for me?

            INT. LAB_2 with BLUE COP LIGHT to 0.366 48 252 with LAB at layer 2 in zone 2
            @overlay LAB opacity 0.5 in 0
            &KEIRA spot 0.970 142 154 in zone 2 AND KEIRA faces left AND KEIRA is idle_terrified_loop AND KEIRA moves to layer 1
            &KEIRA is idle_terrified_loop
            @cut to zone 2
            @overlay LAB opacity 1 in 3
            @pause for a beat
            @transition fade in blue

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            • Dara Amarie
              Dara Amarie commented
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              If you’re using the web previewer, it doesn’t show overlay opacity changes, so you’ll have to test that part out in the app.

            • lawful evil
              lawful evil commented
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              Dara Amarie I checked it on the app already, doesn't work ((

              The chapters just dissappeared fast. Is it possible to make fade slower?

            • Dara Amarie
              Dara Amarie commented
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              Yes you make the seconds longer.

          • #11
            Dara Amarie would you mind if I added some of your tutorials to @backgroundfactory's folder of faqs and guides? I will make you your own folder

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            • #12
              Is there a way to do this in INK?

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              • AmyElizabeth0825
                AmyElizabeth0825 commented
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                Okay. Do I just do it the same way you had described in limelight?

              • Dara Amarie
                Dara Amarie commented
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                Yeah, the instructions above are about overlays only. I just used Limelight for those examples, so don’t worry about what style I used because the trick has nothing to do with what style of characters you use. It works for all styles.

              • AmyElizabeth0825
                AmyElizabeth0825 commented
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                Perfect(: Thank you so much!!
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