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[digital] Visual Effects and Compositing by Jon Gress

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Chapter 2. Introduction to VFX: Advanced Photoshop for 3D, VFX, and Digital Compositing

In its simplest, most distilled definition, creating visual effects or VFX is simply either adding or removing something from the original image. To do that, you must first be able to select certain objects in a scene. These may be objects that need to be removed or objects in the original image that need to be replaced back on top of the item or element you are adding to the image. You want it to appear as if whatever you have added is at a proper depth and is behind any appropriate foreground elements already in the scene. This is what will make your object appear to be actually in the image. As you will see, creating the most accurate and appropriate selections ...

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