Changing colours in virtual sets

The trick to customizing all of my virtual studios is that the ‘feature’ colour will either appear on its own separate layer, or on a layer that is otherwise completely neutral. So it really is very simple to adjust only the main colour.

Have a look at the image below. It shows the ‘midground’ layer from Studio 2.

virtual set colour change

Studio 2 comes supplied with the main feature colour as a pure red. But because the rest of the layer is neutral (and there are transparency areas for everything else), changing the colour will only affect the red bits. Rotating the ‘hue’ is easy in Photoshop, NewTek’s Virtual Set Editor, and pretty much any other graphics package. This will change the red bits to a different colour and everything else stays much the same. If you look very carefully you’ll see that there’s also a little bit of ‘spill’ built in which helps to make everything look very realistic, even if you customise the virtual set with a different primary colour scheme.

What about the vMix versions? Well, I don’t think you’re able to adjust the hue and saturation within vMix. But it’s very easy to do in Photoshop (or any other editor that allows you to adjust hue/saturation etc).

So, let’s say you want to change the ‘red’ to ‘blue’ in Studio 2. Here’s how you’d do it in Photoshop…

1. Make a back-up first. (You should always keep a ‘safe’ copy of everything!)

2. File > Open (navigate to, and choose the layer you want to change – e.g. ‘VSS2-midground-w.png’)

3. Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation (then slide the ‘hue’ slider to whatever you like. A value of -130 will change the red to a deep blue.)

4. File > Save (this will overwrite the original).

5. Repeat steps 2-4 for the desk layer (if required).

Newsroom backgrounds

While this will work very nicely for the ‘midground’ layers, there may be one or two places where simply rotating the hue might lead to less successful results…

If you try and change the colour on the entire ‘red’ newsroom layer (supplied with each angle of Studio 2) – you’ll find that it changes every colour by the same amount, and sometimes the end result isn’t totally convincing.

To make things easier for customers with primarily ‘blue’ branding, I have made a whole new pack of Newsroom backgrounds where everything has been adjusted individually to work more pleasantly when the midground lightboxes are blue. Here’s what it looks like…

virtual set colour changing

You can find the new pack in the ‘Extras‘ section of the store, or follow the link below.

Newsroom Backgrounds – Pack 2 (blue)

looping newsroom backgrounds

These blue ‘News Room’ backgrounds are also included free with any Studio 3 product. I may add more variations at some point (green next, probably). But if you need a special adjustment done in the meantime, then please feel free to drop me a line.