[mythtv-theming] How would I create a vignette effect with fanart?

Robert McNamara robert.mcnamara at gmail.com
Thu Sep 24 14:04:52 UTC 2009

On Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 4:48 AM, David Asher <asherml at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm interested in creating a similar effect as the vignette version of the
> fanart on thetvdb.com (e.g.
> http://thetvdb.com/banners/fanart/vignette/73739-34.jpg).  It seems like the
> best idea, however, is to download the full sized fanart and then use MythUI
> to create the vignette.  That way the theme can decide whether and what type
> of vignette to use.
> Could it be done just with a single imagetype using a mask file?  Or is a
> mask file only useful for cropping?  The mask attribute description is:
> mask allows a second image to be set to alpha-mask the original. This is a
> black and transparent image of identical size to the imagetype area, where
> black is visible and transparent will be masked. This allows for smooth
> edges and exotic shapes to your image. Masks cannot be resized or scaled.
> The usage of "alpha-mask" implies I could get varying level of transparancy,
> but the later portion of the description seems to imply only black and
> transparent are relevant.

Why not just try it?

Yes, a mask will work fine for your purposes.


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