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By Seán Duggan | Friday, September 4, 2015

Taking Pictures for Photoshop Compositing

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If your goal is to make composites in Photoshop, then the way you photograph scenes or objects to use in your composites matters.

It can make the actual Photoshop process easier and more efficient—and it may result in more realistic composites, as I demonstrate in my new course Photographing for Compositing in Photoshop.

Here are the key points to keep in mind when shooting images you plan to use in a compositing project.

By Steve Wright | Saturday, August 22, 2015

Star Wars Meets Zombies for VFX Course

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The big challenge in creating high-quality VFX shots for training is getting high-quality elements: the greenscreens, background plates, digital matte paintings, and CGI required to put the shot together.

Studios are notoriously protective of the elements that go into the shots for their movies, so the only solution is to create your own.

We did just that for my new course, NUKE Compositing: Sci-Fi Force Field, the first in a three-part series of VFX courses on lynda.com: We used costumed “Star Wars” fans, ghoulishly made-up zombies, and a top VFX studio with a RED camera.

Here’s how we did it:

By Craig Whitaker | Friday, August 8, 2014

5 Advantages to Using Nuke for Motion Graphics

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When I meet motion graphics artists, I’m surprised to find that many don’t realize how Nuke can improve their workflow.

As a big advocate of “the right tool for the job,” I’ll be the first to admit that every job doesn’t belong in Nuke. But there are many advantages to working in Nuke for motion graphics artists—including the very same tools and techniques previously reserved for feature-film work.

By Scott Fegette | Sunday, July 20, 2014

Deconstructing Game of Thrones' Visual Effects

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It’s often said that visual effects only succeed when you don’t notice them. HBO’s “Game of Thrones” received a staggering 19 Emmy nominations in 2014, including Outstanding Special and Visual Effects. It’s no surprise, given the show’s beautifully integrated visual effects are largely responsible for immersing viewers into its fictional world of Westeros. German VFX house Mackevision recently published a video breakdown of its visual effects work on the show’s fourth season, and as stunning as it is, the FX techniques they employed to create the world of “Game of Thrones” aren’t as out of reach to mere mortals as you may think. First, watch the reel.

By James Fritz | Friday, December 13, 2013

Changing Photo Contents with Auto-Align Layers

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This week Bert shows how we can auto-align layers to merge content from multiple photos.

By Crystal McCullough | Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Get it together: Compositing images in Photoshop CS5

In Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing, Chris Orwig demonstrates how to take photographs to the next creative level by combining images in Photoshop. This course covers multiple compositing scenarios, including portraits and architecture photos, from selecting the images, to blending photos with layer masks and blend modes, and resizing and sharpening the results. Chris also covers tips and tricks design to inspire and increase the drama and interest of photographs.

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