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Compositing Visual Effects in After Effects by Lee Lanier

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CHAPTER 8

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Color Grading, Color Effects, and HDRI

Digital composites are ultimately dependent on the three color channels: red, green, and blue. Hence, color grading and the use of color effects is an important part of the compositing process. Color effects allow you to alter the balance of colors. You can shift colors, reduce a particular color, replace colors with other colors, increase contrast between color channels, creatively “re-light,” and so on (Figure 8.1). Although After Effects provides numerous color effects, many of them provide similar results with different methodologies. If you understand the underlying functionality of these ...

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