Jeff Foster’s New Channel: The PixelPainter

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.

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


The Masters of Compositing Series: Part 1: Petro Vlahos





 The Masters of Compositing Series: Part 2: Paul Vlahos





 The Masters of Compositing Series: Part 3: John Galt





Video Production & Product Reviews (Cameras & Hardware):


GoPro Hero3 – 240fps in Slo-Mo





Hands-on Review: GoPro Hero3 (part 2)





Hands-on with the GoPro Hero3 (part 1)





Product Review: GoPro Wi-Fi App










Product Review: GoPro Wi-Fi BacPac & Wi-Fi Remote






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





Product Review: The Padcaster & Lenscaster






Stereo 3D Video Production with GoPro






Slo-Mo with the GoPro HD Hero2










The GoPro HD Hero2: A Real-World Wide-Angle View







Video Production Apps, Tools & Software Reviews:


Product Review: Red Giant Trapcode Mir





Using Premiere Pro & After Effects CS6 SmartSound Plug-Ins




Product Review: Magic Bullet Denoiser II





Putting the After Effects CS6 3D Camera Tracker to the Test








Making a Matte Painting with Elements in Motion in After Effects






Product Review: Tiffen Dfx v3 Video/Film Plug-in






Adobe Production Premium CS6 FREE Hands-on Workshops @ NAB






Product Review: doddle & doddle Pro







Product Review: Wacom Intuos5 Touch






Product Review: Monsters GT v7




3D Layers Overview with Photoshop CS4-CS5.5





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









Video Production Techniques – Green Screen:

Tutorials, Tips and References


Basic Lighting Setups for Green Screen





Green Screen Lighting on the Cheap!





ScopeBox Software with the Reflecmedia LED Green Screen System






The Green Screen Handbook Brings Reality and Fantasy Together with Cinematic Results









Motion Tracking and Green Screen with After Effects & Mocha AE





Choosing the Right Green Screen Materials








Video Production Techniques – Post-Production:

Tutorials, Tips and References


Digieffects v2.5 – Damage & Delirium Explored





Simulated Camera DOF In Video with Photoshop CS5.5







Basic Video Editing with Photoshop CS4/CS5 Extended







Sonicfire Pro 5 with Premiere Pro CS5 Workflow Video Tutorials





Sonicfire Pro 5 with After Effects CS5 Workflow Video Tutorials







Basic Video Editing with Photoshop CS4/CS5 Extended







Compelling Storytelling with a Short Video





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







Simulated Rack Focus for Believable Composites





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





Jeff Foster

Jeff Foster has written and contributed to several books and magazines, and has been producing motion graphics, photography and creative design for major corporations, television and film for more than 20 years. See his full bio and content at

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