This book is about hands-on visual effects compositing techniques, in the quest for photorealism for feature film and HDTV visual effects. This, the fourth edition, is not just an update but a major rewrite with three major thrusts – step-by-step workflow examples, the addition of several powerful new techniques for keying, and the latest VFX industry tech. I have 20 years “in the chair” doing visual effects compositing for over 70 feature films so I have brought a wealth of real-world production experience to this book. Due in large part to the first edition of this book, in 2005 I turned to teaching and training visual effects compositing and developed a unique understanding of what compositing artists really need to know to achieve ...

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