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February 27, 2008
NEW BOOKS TEACH COMPOSITING, COLOR CORRECTION Compositing Visual Effects – Essentials for the Aspiring Artist is a 250-page book by compositing veteran Steve Wright. Priced at $34.95, the publication looks at topics such as CGI compositing, set extension, match moving, bluescreen compositing, crowd duplication, rotoscoping, wire removal, creating masks, and working with video and film, among other subject. There is also a section that looks at both node-based and layer-based compositing applications.

The Art and Technique of Digital Color Correction is a 375-page book by producer/online editor Steve Hullfish and looks at correction techniques performed in applications that include Apple’s Color, Synthetic Aperture’s Color Finesse and Avid Xpress, among others. Priced at $49.95, the book is aimed at editors and motion graphics artists, offering techniques for fixing poorly-exposed shots, creating looks, matching shots and mastering secondary color correction. It also looks at the use of color correction for advancing a story.