VFX Compositing with After Effects: The Complete Edition
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VFX Compositing with After Effects: The Complete Edition

A comprehensive guide to compositing for live-action films in post-production visual effects using Adobe After Effects.
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Created by Vicki Lau
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 7 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Know what, when and how to do simple to advanced compositing in Adobe After Effects
  • Know how to use Adobe After Effects for simple to advanced compositing of live-action shots
  • Apply basic and high-level techniques in compositing
  • Compliment rotoscoping skills picked up in "VFX Rotoscoping 101 with After Effects and Mocha" to do more advanced visual effects shots
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  • Passion and Good Follow-Through
  • Adobe After Effects CC

If you want to learn how to use After Effects to create realistic visual effects (VFX) shots and not just motion graphics, then you're looking at the right course. This course will reveal the tips, tricks and applications of compositing in post-production visual effects - one of the final steps to finishing and executing any visual effects shot.

Learn How to do Compositing from an Industry-Trained Professional.

Using 3 real live-action films as test shots for this course, learn by actually working on shots while following the course as a step-by-step guide to proper and professional compositing.

Why This Course?

  • Taught by a real professional in the visual effects and film industry who worked on actual Hollywood blockbusters
  • Step-by-step guide with practical and hands-on live-action shots to work on
  • Insights and know-hows that would save you time and money when working on your own visual effects shot
  • Major part of a series of other more advanced visual effects tricks, tips and methods
  • Networking and open collaboration opportunities with instructor and students


Create Your very own Cinema Quality Visual Effects Shots.

You will Learn How:

  • Compositing is applied in film and television
  • To do realistic compositing
  • To use After Effects for composting in live-action films
  • To apply basic and advanced compositing techniques and tricks
  • Smart ways of compositing and the other effective ways of doing compositing

Complete with additional documents, students who complete the course will also be awarded with a bonus section - kind of like that satisfaction you feel when you finally finish that visual effects shot.

The best part about this course is that it's going to cover all that you need to know about compositing in only the time that is necessary to get the lessons across - unlike those 15-hour courses where most lessons simply just go on forever, or exist for no reason.

If you participate in this course, you will walk away learning and applying what I learned myself, whilst working on the visual effects of major Hollywood film and television, AND saving yourself a bunch of hours with lesson content that only exists when it is necessary.

NOTE: This course covers some content from the first published course in the series: "VFX Rotoscoping 101 with After Effects and Mocha"

Who is the target audience?
  • Film students and graduates interested in visual effects post-production
  • Professionals from other industries looking to try some visual effects shots
  • Aspiring or new filmmakers working on their own visual effects film
  • Students of the "VFX Rotoscoping 101 with After Effects and Mocha" who want to enhance their skillset in visual effects
  • Visual effects professionals who need to refresh their skills and have been out of the industry for a while
  • NOT for seasoned visual effects professionals who are currently in the industry
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
Compositing Basics
5 Lectures 12:35

Introduction to the instructor as well as an opportunity for you to introduce yourself and your aspirations in visual effects (or film), to the community. Learn why the instructor is qualified and the best option to be guiding you through your visual effects compositing learning journey.

Preview 01:27

Have you ever tried combining two totally different images together but the result still looks computer-generated (or fake)? If you are completely new to the whole world and idea of visual effects, this lesson explores what compositing is, how it is used in visual effects in film and television, and the purpose of this course.

What is Compositing?

A continuation from the previous lesson, this lesson covers how compositing is used in the film industry, what it is used for, when it would be used and the future of compositing - including current developments of this area.

This is Compositing

After Effects is only one of the many software available for accomplishing this task of compositing. There are many other options out there which will be explored in this class. In this course, we will focus on one of the most easiest to use - After Effects - for our compositing needs.

Software for Compositing

For new After Effects users, this lesson goes through the basics of the default interface of the software as well as my own personal preferences and set-ups, in preparation for the task of compositing. If you are a seasoned After Effects user, feel free to skip this class.

Preview 06:03

Compositing Basics
3 questions
Compositing Practices
12 Lectures 01:31:04

This lesson will explore the basics of compositing including identifying the horizon line, compositing using layers and understanding how blur, depth and color affect the layer and entire image. Tips and tricks are revealed on how to apply effects and adjustments without affecting the entire image and how to apply proper depth to make your layers stand out in a composite.

Basic Compositing

This lesson will explore the many ways to work with green screen footage and other methods of keying, including a brief insight into the history of green screen. Tips and tricks are revealed on how to key effectively and which method to use where appropriate.

Green Screen

This lesson will explore how to refine and finesse your keyed mattes and work with its edges, including different methods to get different results of a refined edge and matte. Tips and tricks are revealed on how and when to use specific techniques and refining mattes with a bit of rotoscoping help.

Refining Mattes

This lesson will explore different effects applied to blend your layers with the background image of your shot, including refreshers on color theory concepts. Tips and tricks are revealed on which effect to use and how to combine different effects to reach a final composited result.

Color Correction

This lesson will explore the different types of set extension in composites and how to use your recent learning in compositing basics and color correction to create set extensions. Tips and tricks are revealed on matching and aligning 2D images for the purposes of set extension as well as how to work with scale in set extension.

Set Extension

This lesson will explore the different ways to create artificial shadows in compositing including applying what you had learned in the earlier lessons on basic compositing and color correction. Tips and tricks are revealed on tricky situations with shadows and how to avoid artificial shadows where necessary.

Creating & Matching Shadows

This lesson will explore the importance of grain and how to match grains from two different layers to blend the image altogether in the final composite. Tips and tricks are revealed on how to manually remove existing grain and then applying grain manually for more customization.


This lesson will explore bit depth theory and how to work with color spaces based on your film and shot, including understanding how to find out about such information on the shot that you are currently working on and how the numbers make a difference.

Preview 05:14

This lesson will explore render formats used in the film and visual effects industry, as well as render formats that you can or should use in your own shots. Tips and tricks are revealed on how to speed up your renders and optimize your composites.

Rendering & Render Formats

If you were a student of my ROTO 101 course, this lesson uses the shot from that course to explore 2D stabilization and tracking techniques when combining footage with existing camera motion. Tips and tricks are revealed on how to work with multiple layers in stabilizing and tracking footage.

2D Tracking & Stabilization

If you were a student of my ROTO 101 course, then this would be a treat for you. In this lesson, you will learn how I composited and completed our Kevin Spacey shot from that course, from the completed roto to the finished composite.


Now that you've followed along, it is time to put your skills to the test with this new shot to try. Once again, post in the Q&A board if you have any questions or go back to previous lessons in order to figure out how to solve the shot.

SHOT TRYOUT: Composite this!
Compositing Summary
3 Lectures 05:21

A summary of all the points, tips and tricks of compositing we have covered so far, including a take-away sheet that summarizes the lessons and best practices learned about compositing in post-production.

Compositing Best Practices

Ending on a conclusive note, we will touch on some discussion points of compositing and the effective ways to use or apply compositing in your own personal projects, including how and when to use compositing in smart ways.

Preview 01:57

Well done! Compositing can be tricky work. For more in this series, stay tuned for future courses where we cover compositing using other software, other best practices and cheats in the visual effects world.

Stay Tuned for More!

Compositing Summary
3 questions
3 Lectures 02:30

BONUS: For staying in the course, you get the opportunity for continuous networking with the instructor, students, and also to form potential film production collaborations wherever you may be at, all around the globe.


BONUS: Looking to learn to be a generalist and take your visual effects skills to the next level? Here is your chance to get in, cheap. Learn the entire visual effects pipeline from modelling, animation to compositing with three software in one (Autodesk Maya, Photoshop, After Effects), from start to finish in this innovative learning movement of learning through film (Filmtorial®). Limited discount coupons are available for interested students of this course.

Bonus Lecture: "Creating a VFX Shot from Scratch with Maya and After Effects"

BONUS: Jump from working on your own projects to getting a job working right on blockbusters themselves. The instructor has worked on the following titles listed on her IMDb profile and instructor bio and is willing to share her tips of the trade with interested students. Limited discount coupons are available for active participants of this course.

Bonus Lecture: "How to Get a Job in Hollywood"
About the Instructor
Vicki Lau
4.4 Average rating
401 Reviews
12,887 Students
5 Courses
VFX Professional, Emmys 2014 Attendee, TEDx & SMPTE Speaker

Vicki started as a humble student of digital media back in the small city of Singapore with a background in visual effects and programming in film and television. Without any contacts or connections in the United States, she began her career at the age of 18 from Singapore, working her way up into the Hollywood film industry and landing her first break working on AMC's hit series, The Walking Dead (Season 4), as well as other movies such as Guardians of the GalaxyAlice Through the Looking Glass and the recent War for the Planet of the Apes.

Already recognized by her country and by major organizations as an expert in her field, Vicki has made great strides for someone her age, being in consistently high demand for jobs - averaging about 4 job offers and requests for interviews per freelance month(s) of availability, whilst her peers are still struggling to find their first entry-level position in the field. At only 24 years of age, she was one of the youngest speakers and presenters at the SMPTE Annual Technical Conference in its time, where she was a panelist and speaker for virtual reality in motion pictures.

She gave a TEDx talk on visual effects and virtual reality in May 2016 at Napa Valley, CA.

Why Learn from Vicki?

What makes Vicki different from other VFX instructors is that she actually worked IN Hollywood, California itself, brushing elbows with many names and even being invited to the Emmy Awards in 2014. Vicki shares with her students REAL insights that people in the Hollywood industry uses.

Learn from someone who actually worked IN Hollywood, CA at the MAJOR studios and blockbuster hits, and not some project outsourced to a small country or city at an unknown studio or from someone who claims to know "the secrets," by mimicking other successful instructors' language and content.

Trust, but verify. You can check out Vicki's IMDb page as proof.