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The Next Step

You can refer to this section of the book often when it’s time to render your animations and images. But then you have to answer the question, “What’s next?” When your animations are complete, the next step is to bring them into a digital animation recorder and lay them off to tape, or edit your final animations with audio and effects in a non-linear editor.

The exercises in this chapter have not only introduced you to the compositing tools in LightWave, but have also given you the knowledge to create your own composited images and animations. From here, you can build your own 3D objects, such as cars, spaceships, insects, or people, and experiment with compositing them into real-world images. You can use the color photographs on the book’s CD for your projects. Take a look in the Extras folder, and you’ll find royalty-free images, which you can use in the same manner as the images from the exercises in this chapter. Try using some of the city photographs to fly objects in front of and behind buildings while casting shadows. Use other images to make a 3D character walk down a long sidewalk or a flight of stairs. From here, experiment and practice whenever you can. If you have a digital camera, keep it with you at all times to create your own images for compositing.


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