Green Screen Paint From Home Depot

Chroma Key green Floor

If you search the web, you will find green screen paint for sale. It usually costs from $50-$75 per gallon. What makes this paint so magical that it is worth $75 per gallon?

Answer: There is nothing special about chroma key paint. It’s just green latex paint………really it is. There is nothing special about it. Its generally a flat latex.

The only thing special about green screen paint is that it is mixed with a green hue that is a very true green. Recently, I went to the home depot and got swatch samples for every green shade in Behr and Glidden paint. I then taped these to my green screen and took some photos. I brought the images into Photoshop and used the color picker to find the best match.

The winner was Behr “Gamma Sector Green” from the Disney paint collection. It matched the green screen almost perfectly. I used this paint to make a green platform for a photo shoot of my boy’s football team. It worked perfectly.

For green screen, you need a low sheen paint. You’ll want either a flat or flat enamel. Flat enamel has a slightly higher sheen then flat but it can be cleaned easier. If you are having kids stand on a platform with dirty cleats then the flat enamel makes more sense.

Also, if you are shooting with 2 different green sources such as a painted platform and a muslin backdrop, its best to match the color as close as possible between the two. Although not absolutely needed, this does help make extraction quicker and easier.

If you try this painted platform with a muslin green screen technique, try to keep the platform and green screen screen within 5 degrees of each other for the hue value. You may need to experiment with different paint samples to get a color that matches your particular green screen.

If you want to use only paint (painted wall for example) and don’t plan to mix it with another green cloth backdrop then Gamma Sector Green will work perfectly.

Note: This article was originally posted 6 years ago on March 7, 2010. Home Depot no longer “officially” has the Gamma Sector Green paint color.

However, they do have old color mixes in their computer system. If you tell them its a discontinued color and give them the name then they can look up the color mix and make it. I had some Gamma Sector Green paint mixed in late 2015. They pulled the color mix right up in their computer without any issues.

Chroma Key green Floor

Below is a sample image using a painted green platform with the Gamma Sector Green paint and a muslin green screen. Although the subject looks to be only a foot or 2 away from the screen, he is actually about 5-6 feet away. Make sure to have at least 5-6 feet of spacing between the subject and the screen. You can download this image to test here. The extracted image is a “one click” extraction using EZ Green Screen. The default settings were used and nothing was tweaked afterwards.

Chroma Key green Floor

Chroma Key green Floor

Here are a few tips when using green screen paint.

  1. When painting a wall or floor, one thing to keep in mind is green reflected light from the floor and screen. Too much exposed green will reflect more light and cause more green spill. If you go with a large floor and wall then you may want to have some neutral colored sheets to cover the areas that are not needed when doing single shot. Its best to have the green background and floor only as big as needed to extract the image to avoid the excessive spill.

  2. For a green screen floor, be prepared to add a new coat now and then when it gets dirty. While it can be cleaned to a certain degree, it's often easier to just add 1 fresh coat of paint on the top. one coat is all you usually need for a touch up coating.

  3. If you decide to build a framed platform then fill in any screw holes on the top of the plywood and sand smooth before painting. If you have and deep holes then they may have small dark shadowed spots that don't get extracted. You want a fairly smooth surface. It doesn't need to be perfect. Just try to avoid leaving counter sunken holes on the surface of the platform.

By | 2017-01-15T23:39:07+00:00 March 10th, 2016|EZ Green Screen Tutorials|8 Comments

About the Author:

Damon is the owner of Pixnub Software and the developer of the Pixnub plugins. He has 18 prior years in engineering working for Intel and Micron Technology. In 2009, Damon decided to combine his photography and engineer skills to start Pixnub and EZ Green Screen.

8 Comments

  1. James Wheeler February 14, 2017 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    Hi I just walked into Home Depot and the employee refused to help me with this. She said the tints are different now. She was not very helpful. I had a hex color for it and created an image on my phone, and she said we can’t scan images from phones. I need and actual color chip.

    • Damon Bell February 14, 2017 at 6:34 pm - Reply

      The base tints change every year or so. However, they can usually look up old color names and their computers will calculate the mix to the new paint bases. I had some mixed about a year and a half ago. If their computer doesn’t have the old color anymore then I’m sure there are other colors that would work. If I remember correctly, the color “sparkling apple” works pretty well if they still have that available. If not then I’m sure there are other choices. The EZ green Screen software is pretty flexible and adapts to a wide range of green colors. The next time I’m at the Home Depot I’ll ask to see if the color can still be mixed. If so, I’ll post the new mix. I will probably need to go to Home depot some time next week and I’ll ask then.

      • Allison May 29, 2017 at 1:39 pm - Reply

        Were you able to check Home Depot for this? Hoping to get some paint today. I appreciate your help!

        • Damon Bell May 29, 2017 at 2:14 pm - Reply

          I forgot to check sorry. However, a few people who use our EZ Green Screen software also use the color “Sparkling Apple” from Home Depot and claim it works well. I actually painted one wall in my boy’s room with the Sparkling Apple color and it looks like a really good chroma Key green to me. I have never done a photoshoot on it. I am pretty sure it would work very well though. The EZ Green Screen plugin can automatically adjust to a wide range of green colors and Sparkling Apple no doubt is within it’s range.

  2. Chris Morgan May 16, 2017 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    I wanted to create a smaller backdrop that I can move. Like 24×48. What would suggest using? Non-glossy poster board? Matt board? Dry wall?

    I’m just trying to see what you would suggest. Thanks!

    • Damon Bell June 9, 2017 at 11:41 am - Reply

      I think just about anything flat that you could paint would work fine.

  3. Michaelq August 4, 2017 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    I took my Westscott background in and they scanned it. Worked perfectly !!

    • Damon Bell August 5, 2017 at 5:27 pm - Reply

      That works too 🙂

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