Introduction

Visual effects compositing is rarely boring and is often surprising. Every shot you are tasked to work with will undoubtedly contain new challenges. With time and practice, you’ll develop your own tricks and workflows to create professional results—and that is what this book is about. I’ve worked as a professional animator and VFX compositor for almost 20 years, spending thousands of hours working in Adobe After Effects and similar compositing programs. The VFX compositing wisdom I’ve gained through mistakes, successes, and long hours is contained in this book. I have no intention to cover every After Effects effect, plug-in, parameter, option, and so on. Instead, I’ve included the most critical information on the most useful components ...

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