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After Effects in Production, 2nd Edition by Chris Meyer, Trish Meyer

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3D Mechanic

Recombining the layers of a multipass 3D render in After Effects to create a more realistic composite.

The best 3D scenes are rarely finished “in camera” in a 3D application; they are massaged further in compositing programs such as After Effects. Performing this layering in After Effects is faster and more powerful than attempting it inside your 3D program.

You may already be familiar with the techniques of rendering separate diffuse, specular, and reflection passes to later mix inside After ...

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