View Full Version : store bought greenscreen paint?

12-02-2005, 01:50 PM
Does anyone know what color/brand of green paint would be best for a DYI greenscreen?

I know that you can buy real chroma key paint for like $50 a can, but there's gotta be a color that's close at sherwin williams or whatever....

Any ideas?

My thought is to paint the large 4' x 8' sheets of insulation foam that can be bought, then attaching them to whatever location I shoot at....

12-02-2005, 02:05 PM
There was a post that gave the info to get paint mixed to the correct colour.
Sorry but I can't remember when I saw it. Why not do a search?

12-02-2005, 02:23 PM
I've tried! I'm just not real good at these searchs....John

David Jimerson
12-02-2005, 02:37 PM
Just get close. Your keyer should be able to key out any color, so if it's not Roscoe green, that's fine.

Larry Rutledge
12-02-2005, 03:04 PM
I've tried! I'm just not real good at these searchs....John

I did a search on "chroma paint code" and checked the entries until I came to the 15th entry, titled "my cheapo greenscreen" (http://www.dvxuser.com/V3/showthread.php?t=19201&highlight=chroma+paint).

The 10th reply on that page was by Gregi_23 and stated the following:


Mixed by Lowe's Hardware, it is a very close match to the original chroma green and about half the price. Lowes will mix it if you give them the following numbers: 103-4Y 113-1Y 1145Y32
And I guess HOme Depot too............ :P



I believe that is the information you were asking about.

Hope this helps,

12-02-2005, 03:05 PM
Here try this


12-02-2005, 03:09 PM
I went to home depot and took a bunch of those sample cards and tested to see which green worked the best...

12-02-2005, 03:27 PM
As Jim noted above - Anything close will work. It just needs to be lit nice and even. You could key purple for what it's worth. The reason behind Chroma Green is it's a very uncommon color in day to day use and you won't be clearing out someone's shirt or hair. [Well I sure hope not:cheesy: ]

If you want something less permanent, you can go to a large fabric outlet and see what they have near the right color. I got a bunch that is damn near the prefect color last year for $3 a yard at 72" wide.... 6x12 sheet ran me $12

David Jimerson
12-02-2005, 08:06 PM
I happend to find, at Hobby Lobby, a bolt of cloth which was, I kid you not, chroma green on one side and chroma blue on the other. I snatched up the last two yards.

Generally speaking, green is used more often because the blue channel is more noisy and makes keys more problematic.

Zack Birlew
12-05-2005, 08:10 AM
Blue goes better with film keying purposes though, right?

12-05-2005, 08:44 AM
the color shoudlnt just be a bright color that is uncommon to wear. While these colors will work better than others the best is to come up with something that most similiarly matches R G or B since 3 chip cameras have a ccd for each and the typical chroma keyer will look for these primary colors

12-05-2005, 09:25 AM
Way back when I ran across this site:

look at the 'green screen 2' section... the last picture is a mix for Glidden paint for 'chroma green'. I printed this out and brought it up to home depot. I painted a wall in my garage with it. works fine.

12-05-2005, 10:49 AM
To all who responded... Thank you very much. I swear to you guys I looked for 2 hours on google and didn't find anything so helpfull... :)