Lately I’ve been doing more and more for 3DArtist magazine. I got to meet editor Steve Holmes at Siggraph last year, and since then, he keeps inviting me back to do more fun compositing tutorials in Blender, which of course is a pleasure.
This is one I did for them in Issue 88. I wanted to introduce people to the idea that Blender isn’t only a 3D program, but could be used in place of Nuke or After Effects for most compositing tasks. One of the simplest and most common jobs is replacing a screen on a device. Monitors, phones, tablets, televisions, this technique works for any of those. It also works for anything flat in general, like billboards, walls, floors, replacing book covers, photographs, etc.
It’s pretty basic stuff, but I like to think there’s some good techniques on display here, especially when it comes to removing the tracking markers, putting the reflection back over the image, and rotoscoping the finger back over. Basic compositing stuff for professionals, but not something you see done in Blender very much. I touch on a lot of subjects here, and don’t really go into detail on any of them. It moves pretty fast, and assumes you know your way around Blender a bit.
Since 3DArtist Online has posted the written tutorial, I figure it’s okay for me to post the video versions here. You can find the written tutorial here at 3DArtist’s site.
Here’s the main tutorial video. Click HERE to download this video.
And if you want to learn how to remove the markers, here’s that video. And you can download this one by clicking HERE.