Set Extensions Footage Online!

After all the exciting announcement for our new Plug-in Element, I forgot to let everyone know, that the stock footage from our recent Set Extensions Tutorials is now online at no charge! Should be perfect to follow along with the tutorial and practice these techniques. The footage is half-hd at 960 x 540 with no watermark thanks to Artbeats.com so if you are looking for a new shot for a project you may working on, check out some of the clips they have, some are even in Stereo 3D.

In the download, I’ve also included, the matte painting PSD file, the smoke/cloud element, the BG sky image and the roto-matte for the front mountains, just in case you don’t want to practice rotoscopting and work on the look.

Watch tutorial and download project files here

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