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

An amazing wealth of extensive information that combines historical research, practical application, accurate lighting, shooting and set up for the very first time in one book!

Press Release

Ventura, CA (PRWEB) March 17, 2010 — If you want to make movies with green screen compositing technology, The Green Screen Handbook, written by author, producer and motion graphics specialist Jeff Foster, is just for you. Published by Sybex (Wiley) this unique guide is a comprehensive how-to of professional production techniques, step-by-step instruction, and tips that can save you time and money. Learn when to use green screens instead of blue, find out how the pros operate in professional studios and get amazing results–even on a shoestring budget.

Topics include matting and keying basics; setups using fabric, portable background panels, or paint; lighting and digital camera essentials; broadcast TV hardware switchers; professional HD and major motion picture compositing; multiple-colored screen composites (background, foregrounds, and objects); directing storyboards and talent; working with virtual sets; motion tracking; and much more. A DVD accompanies the book that includes sample footage and all project files for each chapter.

According to Foster, “No one yet has provided this kind of extensive information that combines historical research, practical application, accurate lighting, shooting and set up in one book. My passion for this subject combined with twenty years experience hopefully has resulted in a project that will raise the level of green screen production from the novice to the professional.”

The Green Screen Handbook retails for $49.99 US and is available at (for a 30% discount) and distributed through book retailers worldwide and

ISBN: 978-0-470-52107-6
Publisher: Sybex (Wiley) March 15, 2010
Paperback: 384 pages

Watch this short video trailer to get a preview of the major topics covered in this book:


“No author today knows as much about professional green screen use than Jeff Foster – and his book is a treasure-trove of techniques for real-world production.”
– Jay Nelson, Editor/Publisher, Design Tools Monthly

“The Green Screen Handbook book has it all: interesting historical notes, edifying technical background, practical pre-production tips, and honest comparisons of various hardware and software tools that can help you in your compositing work. Anyone who is about to tackle a compositing job that involves keying should spend a few hours with Jeff’s book first. It’ll be time well spent.”
– Todd Kopriva, Adobe

“Jeff Foster has written the ultimate Green Screen Handbook . . . a must-have educational resource for anyone wanting to learn and master this highly demanded video technique.”
– Rod Harlan, Layers Magazine

“What a great find! I was looking for resources for our live video productions on, and came across this book. It’s loaded with valuable reference information – but more importantly, it’s enjoyable to read! Definitely not your typical ‘handbook’.”
– Elaine Montoya {}

“This is THE handbook for anyone working with green screen. Everything you need to know is covered in detail.”
– Colin Smith, PhotoshopCAFE

About Jeff Foster

Jeff has been producing and training for traditional and digital images, photography, illustration, motion graphics, and special effects for DV and film for over 20 years. His clients include Tribune Broadcasting, Motorola, Nestle, McDonnell Douglas, FOX Television, Spike TV, Discovery/TLC, Universal Studios, and Disney. His best-selling book title, “After Effects and Photoshop – Animation and Production Effects for DV and Film,” provides tips and tricks for creating believable animations and reveals special effects secrets the professionals have been using for years. Jeff has written or contributed to several After Effects and Photoshop books and has been a featured speaker at Macworld, Photoshop World, Adobe MAX and NAB conferences. Besides corporate and private training Jeff is part of a team of Adobe application instructors at Jeff can be contacted through his company at:

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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 25 years. See his full…

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