How to "FADE" Characters


#1

Hello everyone!

I had 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).

You can use a photo editing app/site to change the background image to a PNG image.
NOTE: Test overlay opacity out in the app! The web previewer does not show this properly.
*This works with all styles.

EXAMPLE ONE: “Ghost-like”

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 the overlay see through.

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

EXAMPLE TWO: “Fading in/out”

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. (But really my character is just behind the overlay)

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

AND THAT IS HOW YOU MAKE CHARACTERS “FADE”!
HAPPY DIRECTING!


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#4

Oh my god! This is absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for this!!


#5

Thx so much I really need this for hopefully future story after the one I’m working on :heart_eyes:


#6

Hey so I tried doing what you explained but it didn’t seem to work for me:

INT. ROYAL BABY TURRET - DAY with BABYOV at layer 3
@overlay BABYOV opacity 0.5 in 0
@FAYLEN changes into FAYLEN_gown
@MAXINE changes into MAXINE_afterbaby
&MAXINE moves to layer 2 and FAYLEN moves to layer 4
&MAXINE spot 1.280 164 -43 AND MAXINE faces right AND FAYLEN stands screen center AND FAYLEN faces right
&MAXINE is dance_slow_neutral_loop AND FAYLEN is dance_slow_neutral_loop_rear
@overlay BABYOV shifts to -51 -71
@overlay BABYOV scales to 1.415 1.415
@overlay BABYOV opacity 1 in 5


#7

How is it not working ?


#8

One of the characters won’t show up at all.


#9

Are you using the web previewer?


#10

I’m using both web and mobile.


#11

Your character still doesn’t show up when you test it in the app?


#12

Yeah, That’s why I’m confused.


#13

Did you try testing the scene without the overlay to see if your character is there?


#14

Yeah she’s there without the overlay but whenever I use any overlay (I even got rid of the code and just put on of the baby blankets) the same character is still gone. I think I’m just going to put in a help ticket.


#16

Do you think you could send me video of what’s happening? (if you can, can you send me a private message?)


#17

I honestly don’t know how to do this, what do you mean upload a pic, how would I do that.


#18

You can upload your own backgrounds and overlays if you create your story in the portal online, not with mobile creation.


#19

It says it is not a valid comand.


#20

That’s just the format and example. You need to change the background and overlay name and the characters to your own


#21

so istead of the word background u use something like INT. BLACK - NIGHT


#22

Yes or any background in the art catalog