6The Composite

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So far we have focused on keying and the despill operation, all of which was to set us up for this chapter – The Composite. This chapter is all about the many different ways that the foreground and background images can be combined into the final composited image. And why do we need so many ways to do things? Because of my lament in Chapter 3: Working with Keyers, where I declared keying to be an elaborate cheat that often does not work very well.

There are two fundamental problems in keying – foreground objects that the keyer just cannot pull a good key on and unevenly lit backing screens. ...

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