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Rotoscoping by Benjamin Bratt

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HAIR (OR: BALD PEOPLE ARE GREAT)

Just step back and put this book down for a moment. If you’re new to roto, revel for a moment in the fact that you don’t know what’s coming. Cherish this time, because your life is about to change.

Over the course of your experience as a roto artist, you might start gradually seeing mattes in everyday events. It’s to be expected. Isolating mattes in the digital world will subtly alter your perception in the real one. Isolating hair is no exception.

The tops of human heads represent a huge speed bump in a roto artist’s life. Hair is small, it’s blurry, and the slightest head rotation can completely change everything about your edge. Though hair is victim of physics (and gobs of hair gel, if you’re lucky), it ...

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