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[digital] Visual Effects and Compositing by Jon Gress

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Chapter 6. VFX Techniques II: Advanced Integration and Card Trick VFX

It’s sometimes helpful to think of the VFX creation process as being done in stages, levels, or waves of refinement, with each pass refining the quality, look, and integration of the shot further and further.

After your tracking is solid and your integration is matching well, you’ll want to dig down to the next level of refinement, matching the grain or noise characteristics of the acquisition medium and further integrating the foreground into the background plate by applying a VFX trick called a light wrap. A light wrap gives the look and appearance of light from the scene actually wrapping around your composited foreground element the way it would if it had actually been ...

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