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TRAVELING MATTES, SHAPES, AND ROTOSCOPING

This chapter is a mix of old and new techniques in both Final Cut Pro (FCP) and Photoshop, which editors tell me they enjoy a great deal when I present them in my seminars.

We will look at a special kind of compositing called “traveling mattes.” This involves creating new images based on elements from multiple images. This sounds complex, but you've watched these all your life; now learn how to do them.

This chapter starts with a simple traveling matte created entirely in FCP! Then, we'll improve it using some custom-created shapes from Photoshop. Finally, we'll tackle a new feature in Photoshop called Quick Selection and discover the joy – and pain – of rotoscoping.

But, first, let's define some ...

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