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Compositing Visual Effects in After Effects by Lee Lanier

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CHAPTER 5

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Working with the 3D Environment

Due to increasingly short postproduction times in film, television, and commercial production, 2D and 3D software package features have begun to overlap. After Effects, which is mainly designed for 2D compositing, nevertheless has a full 3D environment with cameras, lights, materials, and more recently, the ability to render 3D geometry (Figure 5.1). This adds even more power to the compositor as he or she has the option to work in 2D, 2.5D, 3D, or go back and forth between all three spaces. 2.5D refers to 2D layers in a 3D space and is useful for giving depth to otherwise flat matte paintings and similar ...

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