Introduction to the Compositor

Finally a compositing tutorial for beginners!

22 minutes
Blender 2.5
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 4.9/5 (90 votes cast)

During the video you will learn:

  • The fundamentals of compositing
  • Why compositing is similar to food production (no really!)
  • How to add eye popping glow and glare effects
  • How to add a background image quickly and easily without re-rendering

Since starting Blender Guru, I’ve received a TON of emails from people asking for help with the compositor. I’d even go so far as to say it’s one of my most requested tutorials.

So alas, I created this easy to digest Introduction to the Compositor tutorial.

At a Glance

Screenshots from the video:

If you’re interested in learning more about the compositor, check out The Wow Factor. It’s an eBook written by me that goes into more detail about some of the more advanced effects you can create.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial :)

Introduction to the Compositor, 4.9 out of 5 based on 90 ratings

About Andrew Price

User of Blender for 9+ years. I've written tutorials for 3d World Magazine and spoken at three Blender conferences. My goal is to help artists get employed in the industry by making training accessible and easy to understand. I'm an Aussie and I live in South Korea ;)
  • shachar harshuv

    Look what I made:

  • Jasper V

    wow! like Robert is saying: Once again such a nice clear explanation. I was always a bit scared to use nodes and compositing. But tnx to this tutorial i realy begin to get a clue on how to use them! tnx a lot Andrew!

  • Robert

    Andrew!!! Once again you’ve made sense out of madness! LOL I have to admit that I have been extremely intimidated by nodes and compositing. I’ve seen you use it in so many tuts but have always shied away from trying it until I happened upon this tut! That you so much!

    After watching, I started playing around and came up with this:
    I call it the FF-NightGlow. It was loosely modeled after a Flying Fish and I think the NightGlow is pretty obvious. LOL
    Anyway, thanks again! You really do make the best tutorials and your attitude toward it makes people want to try!
    Love you, man!

    BTW, this took less than an hour to make and is my very first attempt at compositing!

    erm, my image didn’t load. :(

  • April

    why does part of my image leave out the one on the second layer? Unlike the render here which still has the green man. Plus, the BG option doesn’t show anything. It just presents an X. Help. Thanks.

  • John

    I purchase the Wow Factor a while back. I didn’t realize there were blend file that went with it where can I download these blend files?

  • dan

    amazing tutorial :) you answered most of my important questions. This tutorial make it much more clear. thanks. could have elaborated on some things, but overall, amazing

  • Crickey

    Wow, IT’s pretty amazing!!! Your the one!

  • Eyeman

    My god Andrew, this tutorial is amazing! and it’s for free. God loves you Andrew! so do everybody good and I : )

    It’s a tremendous amount of help, thank you so deeply : )

    You have a natural talent for teaching and explaining everything useful in a very simple and organized way : D