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Nuke 101: Professional Compositing and Visual Effects, Second Edition by Ron Ganbar

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1. Getting Started with Nuke

Nuke uses a node-based workflow to drive image manipulation. Starting from a source image or images, you can add various types of processors, called nodes, in succession until you achieve your desired result. Each node performs a specific, often very simple, function, and its output is passed on to the next node’s input using a connector called a pipe. This series of nodes is usually called a process tree or a flow.

A Nuke project usually starts when you bring in images from your hard drive. You then insert more nodes after the image nodes and connect them with pipes until you achieve a desired look. Render the process tree to disk for the final result; you can also save it in what’s called a Nuke script, which you ...

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