Jeff Foster's New Channel: The PixelPainter

Jeff Foster
By Jeff Foster 06.20.13

I've been contributing to various production/post-production channels here on PVC for years but created my own channel with the re-launch of the new PVC website format, titled "the PixelPainter". Here's where you can find more about my channel, my interests and of course, links to all my previous articles & reviews.

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About Jeff Foster - the PixelPainter

I first coined the phrase and claimed the moniker "PixelPainter" back around 1990 when I first started using programs like Adobe Photoshop and Letraset ColorStudio to create "digital airbrushing" with a Wacom tablet the size of a desk-pad and really slow Mac Quadra 900 with 78MB of RAM! I also dubbed my username of PXLpainter in various BBS systems and on Compuserve & AOL and it's just stuck ever since.

I went on to learn on my own with tools like CoSA After Effects, Pixar's Showplace & Typestry with RenderMan, Macromind Director and eventually, Kai Krause' Live Picture. The rest, they say is history. You can learn more about my work, photography, videography, training, books & videos from my website:

Permanent Links to Articles & Reviews:

Some of these are listed by category, so not necessarily in chronological order... and not everything I've written over the past few years, but a good sampling. Everything else (and current) should be accessible & listed directly in my channel. I may update this list in the future as well.


The Masters of Compositing Series (Short Historical Docs):

Parts 1, 2 & 3 of 6 parts


Masters Pt1 Petro Vlahos TNThe Masters of Compositing Series: Part 1: Petro Vlahos





Masters Pt2 Paul Vlahos TN The Masters of Compositing Series: Part 2: Paul Vlahos





MOC JohnGalt Part3 TN160 The Masters of Compositing Series: Part 3: John Galt





Video Production & Product Reviews (Cameras & Hardware):


GoodDay Title GoPro Hero3 - 240fps in Slo-Mo





H3 H2 Main 450Hands-on Review: GoPro Hero3 (part 2)





JF Tyler Drift 450Hands-on with the GoPro Hero3 (part 1)





GoPro App 450Product Review: GoPro Wi-Fi App










Remote Trigger Pair 450Product Review: GoPro Wi-Fi BacPac & Wi-Fi Remote






Protune Main 450Review: GoPro Protune™ Firmware & Software Update for CineForm Studio





Padcaster Main Image 450Product Review: The Padcaster & Lenscaster






GoPro 3D CompleteStereo 3D Video Production with GoPro






GoPro MainImageSlo-Mo with the GoPro HD Hero2










H2 Mud Detail 600The GoPro HD Hero2: A Real-World Wide-Angle View







Video Production Apps, Tools & Software Reviews:


Mir 450Product Review: Red Giant Trapcode Mir





SFP V2b JF 450Using Premiere Pro & After Effects CS6 SmartSound Plug-Ins




DenoiserII 450Product Review: Magic Bullet Denoiser II





3D Cam Track FeaturedPutting the After Effects CS6 3D Camera Tracker to the Test








MattePaint FeatureMaking a Matte Painting with Elements in Motion in After Effects






DFX3 FeatureProduct Review: Tiffen Dfx v3 Video/Film Plug-in






NAB12 FeaturedAdobe Production Premium CS6 FREE Hands-on Workshops @ NAB






Doddlepro 450Product Review: doddle & doddle Pro







Intuos5 FeatureProduct Review: Wacom Intuos5 Touch






Monstersv7 Featured 450 149Product Review: Monsters GT v7




3DLayers Full3D Layers Overview with Photoshop CS4-CS5.5





CoverBook Review: “The DSLR Filmmaker’s Handbook: Real-World Production Techniques”









Video Production Techniques - Green Screen:

Tutorials, Tips and References


GreenScreenSetup 470Basic Lighting Setups for Green Screen





Kelsey GS LightsGreen Screen Lighting on the Cheap!





StudioSetupScopeBox Software with the Reflecmedia LED Green Screen System






521076 Book 3D 250The Green Screen Handbook Brings Reality and Fantasy Together with Cinematic Results









Motion Tracking And Green Screen With After Effects  Mocha AEMotion Tracking and Green Screen with After Effects & Mocha AE





Choosing The Right Green Screen MaterialsChoosing the Right Green Screen Materials








Video Production Techniques - Post-Production:

Tutorials, Tips and References


Digieffects V2.5   Damage  Delirium ExploredDigieffects v2.5 - Damage & Delirium Explored





Simulated Camera DOF In Video With Photoshop CS5.5Simulated Camera DOF In Video with Photoshop CS5.5







PS 16 Main Thumb 2Basic Video Editing with Photoshop CS4/CS5 Extended







SFP5 PPCS5Sonicfire Pro 5 with Premiere Pro CS5 Workflow Video Tutorials





SFP5 AECS5 VidStackSonicfire Pro 5 with After Effects CS5 Workflow Video Tutorials







PS 16 Main Thumb 1Basic Video Editing with Photoshop CS4/CS5 Extended







AOA MainCompelling Storytelling with a Short Video





Believable Hand Held Motion Tracking With Mocha  After Effects CS4Believable Hand-Held Motion Tracking with Mocha & After Effects CS4







Featured 450Simulated Rack Focus for Believable Composites





2dfootage2D Footage with a Stereo 3D Rig in After Effects CS5.5