Introduction to Digital Compositing in Post-production

A course by Juan Olivares , Digital VFX Composer

Digital VFX Composer. Tulsa, Chile.
Joined November 2018

Learn fundamentals and basic techniques to create a VFX shot with Nuke

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% positive reviews (100)
  • 2690 students

Learn fundamentals and basic techniques to create a VFX shot with Nuke

A course by Juan Olivares

In the world of audiovisual post-production you can make everything you imagine "reality" with VFX, such as transforming everyday spaces into galaxies or war zones. Everything is possible if you have the knowledge and guidance of a professional like Juan Olivares—VFX composer and specialist in digital composition—who, with 15 years of experience in the industry, has worked on Hollywood productions such as Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy, Furious 7, and the Oscar-winning film The Secret in Their Eyes.

In this course, learn the fundamentals and basic techniques of digital composition using elements such as your cell phone and a homemade chroma key to transform an everyday space into a war zone.

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What will you learn in this online course?

22 lessons & 20 downloads

Search for references
11 minutes, 53 seconds
Materials and sketch
15 minutes, 19 seconds
Preparation to record
13 minutes, 33 seconds
Home chrome
9 minutes, 48 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% positive reviews (100)
  • 2690 students
  • 22 lessons (5h 36m)
  • 20 additional resources (8 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Transform the street from your house or the nearest square into a war zone using photography, textures, and elements from an audiovisual library.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone (both students and professionals) who is interested in learning basic digital-composition techniques to apply to their projects. It is also for anyone interested in an overview of the VFX processes in audiovisual productions.

Requirements and materials

You need basic knowledge of photography to take this course. You also need to know how to use image-editing software such as Adobe Photoshop and After Effects. Basic knowledge of Nuke is recommended as well.

What materials do you need? You need a computer with Nuke or Adobe After Effects and Photoshop, as well as a video camera (it can be your cell phone), a green or blue cloth to do the chroma key, and stock-footage materials.

New to Adobe After Effects? In that case, we recommend taking Domestika Basics courses to learn how to use the software: Introduction to After Effects.


2690 Students
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Juan Olivares

A course by Juan Olivares

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Digital VFX Composer

Juan Olivares is a specialist in digital composition and visual effects. His beginnings in the audiovisual world were in Buenos Aires (Argentina) working for television commercials, where he later made his big leap into the world of visual effects with the Oscar-winning film The Secret in Their Eyes.

He worked on innumerable Argentine productions before moving to Vancouver, Canada, where he worked in houses specializing in visual effects such as The Embassy, Zoic, and Digital Domain, with which he was able to participate in Hollywood productions such as Deadpool, Arrow, and Furious 7. Then, he crossed the ocean, this time to London, United Kingdom, where he worked at the Framestore house for the film Guardians of the Galaxy.

He is currently in Chile, his native country, where he founded a visual-effects boutique specializing in characters and creatures, called Grumpy VFX, where he is a composer and visual-effects supervisor.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Introduction to the composition and preparation of the project

    • Introduction to digital composition
    • Search for references
    • Materials and sketch
    • Preparation to record
    • Home chrome
  • U3

    Production of our plane

    • Preparation of the plane (part 1)
    • Preparation of the plan (part 2)
    • Chroma and luminance cut (part 1)
    • Chroma and luminance cut (part 2)
    • 2D Tracking (part 1)
    • 2D Tracking (part 2)
    • 2D Tracking (part 3)
    • 3D Tracking (part 1)
    • 3D Tracking (part 2)
  • U4

    Integration, refinement and final touches

    • Integración de color (parte 1)
    • Integración de color (parte 2)
    • Integración de color (parte 3)
    • Refinado (parte 1)
    • Refinado (parte 2)
    • Color Grading
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to digital composition in post-production

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Introduction to Digital Compositing in Post-production. 3D, and Animation course by Juan Olivares

Introduction to Digital Compositing in Post-production

A course by Juan Olivares
Digital VFX Composer. Tulsa, Chile.
Joined November 2018
  • 97% positive reviews (100)
  • 2690 students