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If you are looking to better understand this field from both an artistic and technical viewpoint, I highly recommend this book.
Clear, friendly prose makes this book a comfortable read; read it two or three times and you'll find that you get a little something out of it on each pass.
If you're new to the effect industry or a seasoned pro this is still the bible for understanding what is happening under the hood of a compositing software.
You can't be a great effects artist without a deep understanding of the inner workings of a composite.
You'll learn so much more than how to mush images together. Read more
This book is really an expansion on the author's other work: Compositing Visual Effects: Essentials for the Aspiring Artist. Read morePublished on June 5, 2009 by Grant Beaudette
I use Shake, and for simpler stuff, Final Cut's little compositor or else and old version of After Effects.
Wright's approach to principles makes the shifts easier. Read more
I bought it based on the first Edition and I wasn't wrong.
Its even better.
This is a very complete and engaging book.
It's generic enough so that you can learn a lot regardless of your software/manual tools;
But it focuses enough on... Read more