The word ‘composite’ is defined as a single structure or entity made up of distinct components. While you can certainly create projects in combustion that require the manipulation and editing of only one image, the real power of the application comes from the various methods of combining several clips and operators as layers. The old adage, ‘greater than the sum of its parts’ is very much the case when you speak of building composites from more than one layer.

You can think of a composite in combustion as a special operator that, instead of containing footage with effects applied, is a window that ‘looks’ at layers within an empty void. The size ...

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