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[digital] Visual Effects and Compositing by Jon Gress

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Chapter 5. VFX Techniques I: Basic Integration VFX

Lighting is, by far, one of the most critical components in creating a photorealistic VFX shot. When creating the elements to be integrated into a VFX shot, whether CG or live action (filmed against a bluescreen or greenscreen), matching all the VFX lighting cues covered in Chapter 1 will be the deciding factor that makes all the difference between a VFX effect that looks seamless and real (as in Figure 5.1) or one that looks like a poor attempt or “pasted on” garbage (as in Figure 5.2).

Figure 5.1. A well-lit 3D object, integrated into a live action plate

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Figure 5.2. A poorly lit object, not ...

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