The clone stamp tool might be the way forward rather than the rotobrush.
Clone Stamp tool
You can use the Clone Stamp tool to copy pixel values from one place and time and apply them at another place and time. For example, you can use the Clone Stamp tool to remove wires by copying from a clear patch of sky, or you can create a herd of cows from one cow in the source footage and offset the copies in time. The Clone Stamp tool samples the pixels from a source layer and applies the sampled pixel values to a target layer; the target layer can be the same layer or a different layer in the same composition. If the source layer and target layer are the same, the Clone Stamp tool samples paint strokes and effects in the source layer, in addition to the layer source image.
I'll give that a try -- when I resume tomorrow.
I see various color tools -- what about replace color etc. Then I could eyedrop the lint and tell it to match the rest of the fabric in that fold area. Would that technique work in a matte situation? Or a mask situation?
Replace colour does only that. It will not replace texture - which the clone tool will do. You'd also be hard pushed to mach the subtlty of colour, bearing in mind that replace colour only replaces one colour. That sleeve is probably made up of a few subtle tones of black/grey.
Where is the rubber stamp tool? Not sure which menu or submenu to find it.
I can see why you want to remove the lint from his jacket; it might look like he murdered one of his fellow actors!
The problem I am having with the rubber stamp (clone stamp) tool is there are different folds in the jacket, and the folds are changing over time.
You indicated that the color changer only changes one color.
Is there a tool that would change a range of colors, for example the lint has a range of colors, but those colors are completely different from the overall color of the jacket.
While it might be hard to visualize on this navy blue jacket.
Suppose I had a red jacket, and I had lint on that red jacket. Couldn't I select that whitish lint and replace it with the red color of the jacket.
Again the lint has a range of colors built into it. But there must be some tool/effect that could remove the range of colors.
Or are the after effect tools linited to changing only a very specific color and not a range of that color.
At least there should be a tollerance slider in one of the AE color correction tools that would let me adjust the range of the color in the "lint" sample.
Any thoughts on this?
By the way, I don't need to completely remove the lint. (Although that woud be ideal). If I could minimize it, not make the "white" so blatant.
Without actually seeing the whole action and subject lighthing, I can only offer theoretical advice.
Your best bet is to try it. You can always remove it if it's not working. Play around with tolerance sliders. Don't forget that, unless you create a mask for the arm. everything in the frame that matches the lint colour will also change.
Use the rotobrush mask you made earlier to mask out the sleve (duplicate layer and apply effects to masked duplicate layer)
I'll try it. (Will be gone today but will try it tomorrow!
And will report back here.
I assume Color Changer (CS5) is the best tool to start with.... (After doing the steps you suggested.)
Thanks, Todd. I'll take advantage of that!