GIF by Vince Mckelvie
Recently, McKelvie joined forces with artists and social media-focused rapper Yung Jake to create Klear, a new web application that can provide an unconventional twist to GIFs through use of color-manipulation and the option to save the results in an online database.
Color/Chroma key is a special effects application often applied in photo and video post-production that plays with hues, colors, and the transparency of pixels. Its main function allows artists to isolate a subject from its background and integrate it in another background.
With Klear, artists can upload and generate glitchy GIFs through a user-friendly inteface, and then control the key, switch among different blend modes, and choose a wide range of effects—from a basic key to a heavy glitch.
McKelvie’s Tumblr explorations have largely contributed to the genesis of this project, most notably when he discovered some eye-catching GIFs by oscob. “I was really into his transparent GIFs, but didn’t clear the last frame so they left behind this glitchy trail after every frame," McKelvie told The Creators Project. “Then I thought of making an online tool to so anyone could make these type of GIFs."
Klear offiicially opened to the whole web today, but since we were too excited to explore its capabilities, we asked a few of our favorite net-artists—including McKelvie and Yung Jake—to test out the application. Here's what they came back with:
By Claudia Maté
By Yung Jake
By Adam Ferris
By Eno Swinnen
To test out Klear for yourself, check out the web-app here. It's GIF-making time.