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Step 4: Choosing the Color for the Muzzle Flash

When you have the trigger points marked on the Timeline, you can begin to add the first level of the muzzle flash. You'll do this by creating a yellow color matte, using the New Item button in the upper right of the Edit Workspace.

Task: Create a color clip by following these steps:

  1. Return the CTI to the start of the Timeline by pressing the Page Up key on your keyboard.
  2. Move the CTI to the first marker by holding down Ctrl and pressing the right-arrow key.
  3. Click the Edit tab to switch to the Edit Workspace (see Figure 16).
  4. Create a yellow color matte by clicking the New Item button and selecting Color Matte from the contextual menu (see Figure 17).
  5. When the Color Picker box appears, adjust the various controls to choose a light yellow color (see Figure 18). Click OK to create the color matte.

    After you click OK, the color matte will be created and added to the Background track. Unfortunately, your movie will also be split in two (see Figure 19). In the next two steps, you'll correct this problem.

  6. Click the Color Matte clip and drag-and-drop it onto the Muzzle_Flash track above (see Figure 20).
  7. Now close the gap created by the color matte: Right-click in the empty area of the Green_Screen track and select Delete and Close Gap (see Figure 21).
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