Nuke Compositing Courses

Courses tailored to the NUKE™ compositor, providing essential skills in 2D and 3D compositing workflows for the vfx compositor. You will have lifetime access to all courses and webinars that you purchase.

NUKE VFX Compositing


This 12 week Nuke VFX Compositing course is designed for artists that wish to learn Nuke 2D and 3D compositing and are already familiar with at least the basics of visual effects. This course is produced by Steve Wright and conforms to the latest industry standards to prepare artists for work in today’s visual effects industry.

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The 12 week Nuke VFX Compositing course covers all aspects of Nuke visual effects compositing. The first six weeks focus on 2D compositing and covers keying, color correcting, image transformations, rotoscoping, CGI compositing, clip retiming, tracking and image warping. The second six weeks focus on 3D compositing and covers Nuke’s 3D basics, object transformations and deformations, materials and textures, lighting and cameras. The last week is a spectacular survey of four classic 3D workflows – Pan-n-Tile, Camera Projection, 3D Particles, and Rig Removal.

This course is fully mentored and self-paced so you can start any time and even pause if work or life interferes. Each week you gain access to about 2 hours of award-winning tutorials by Steve Wright, do the reading assignments in the Nuke Manual and Steve’s book Digital Compositing for Film and Video (4th edition), turn in a weekly assignment then meet with your mentor over Skype for a half-hour to go over your assignment and answer any questions.

Your mentor will be a 20+ year veteran of visual effects compositing and able to answer any Nuke or production questions you may have. He will also share his production experience with tips, tricks, and techniques that you will use daily on the job.

By special arrangement with the Foundry, FXEcademy students are qualified to purchase a fully-featured 90 day student NukeX license directly from the Foundry for only $90. Attendees will need to purchase Steve’s book (4th edition) if they don’t have it already.

An Invaluable Nuke Experience!

Steve is an excellent instructor, not only does he have a profound knowledge of the software and technical issues, he also is very patient and is very good at transmitting the course information. His experience is invaluable!

David Adan VFX producer Studio 3D
Transition Training Made Easy!

After 15 years of creating 3D environments for AAA video games, I was ready for a career change and Steve Wright's Nuke courses helped me to make the leap into film compositing. Steve did a great job as an online instructor, and his courses are full of information and helpful feedback. I would without a doubt recommend them to anyone wanting to learn Nuke.

Laurie Kindiak 3D Designer of ‘AAA’ Game Environments
Pushed Me to Next Level!

Steve is an awesome teacher that has pushed me to a next level! One of the best things about Steve's course is that at the end of the week he gives you exercises that are different from the ones you learn in class which really pushes you to use the techniques learned in class to figure them out.

Javier Sempere VFX Artist Freelance
A Great Investment in My Skillset!

Although I had some experience with Nuke, I wanted to finally learn proper compositing fundamentals and create a sound foundation for my compositing career. I had been reading books and they were helpful, but what I really was interested in was one on one mentoring with a compositing pro. Working with Steve was a joy and I learned exactly what I had set out to and more. The sessions were invaluable and well worth the investment in my skill set.  If you are serious about starting your career in VFX or are simply stuck on certain concepts, I highly recommend his services.

Marc Keen Roto/Paint Artist CBS Digital
Upped My Nuke Game!

I wanted to thank the team at Steve Wright's FXEcademy for such a great experience and great content. As a student, the training gave me an advantage when using Nuke, enabling me to explore advance concepts because of my solid understanding of the fundamentals of Nuke. Highly recommended course, it is a great investment.

Stefanie Lopez VFX Artist Freelance
Learn Essentials of 2D and 3D Nuke Compositing in 12 Weeks!


Course Length: 12 lessons / one per week

Commitment: 4-5 hours per week for study & assignments

Certificate: You will receive a certificate of your achievement upon completion.

One on one personal mentoring

Each week meet with your mentor live online to answer questions and review your assignments.

30 minutes

scheduled with mentor.

Computer and Software

You will need a NUKE-ready computer with 2 to 3 Gb storage.

Internet service and Skype with microphone are needed for one on one mentoring.

A Special Student discount for you!

A 12 week NUKE™ license can be purchased through our student discount program.

Upon admission, the student may purchase a 12 week license directly from the Foundry, $90.

FXEcademy will verify your enrollment and qualify you for your student discount!

Your Desktop Guide

Certificate of Completion

Upon course completion, you will receive a handsome certificate documenting your achievement.


Course Outline

Week 1 – The Nuke Interface
  • Navigating the interface
  • Building node graphs
  • Adjusting node narameters
  • Keyframe animation
  • The Curve Editor
  • The Dope Sheet
Week 2 – Transformations and Animation
  • Animating elements
  • Math expressions and linking
  • Cropping and reformatting
  • Lens distortion
  • Corner pin
  • Image distortion
Week 3 – Color and Rotoscoping
  • Nuke’s color management
  • Scopes – (Waveform / Histogram / Vector)
  • Color correcting
  • Rotoscoping
  • Masking operations
  • Procedural paint
Week 4 – Channels, Compositing CGI and Retiming
  • Nuke’s channels system
  • Multi-pass CG compositing
  • EXR files
  • Motion blur and depth of field
  • Gizmos
  • Retiming
  • Working with audio
Week 5 – Keying
  • Lumakeys and other simple keys
  • Keylight
  • Primatte
  • Ultimatte
  • Chromakey
  • IBK Keyer
  • The Addmix and Keymix nodes
  • Merge operations
  • Grain management
Week 6 – Tracking and Warping
  • The Point Tracker
  • Match move
  • Stabilizing clips
  • The Planar Tracker
  • Spline warps and morphs
  • Grid warps and morphs
Week 7 – 3D Basics
  • Overview of Nuke’s 3D world
  • Setting up a 3D scene
  • Geometric primitives
  • Using the 3D viewer
  • Animating 3D geometry
  • Lights and cameras
  • Rendering a 3D scene
Week 8 – 3D Geometry
  • Importing and exporting 3D scene elements
  • Modeling geometry from a clip
  • Creating point clouds from images
  • Object display properties
  • 3D selection tools
  • Modifying 3D objects
Week 9 – Materials and Particles
  • Adding materials to geometry
  • The Phong Shader
  • Merging shaders
  • UV projection
  • Camera projection
  • 3D particle system
Week 10 – Lighting and Cameras
  • Adding lights
  • Casting shadows
  • Environmental reflections
  • Normals relighting
  • Working with cameras
  • Importing cameras
Week 11 – Transforming Objects
  • On-screen transform controls
  • Editing transforms and pivot points
  • Hierarchical animation
  • Animating geometry
  • Adding 3D motion blur
  • Deforming geometry
  • Smart Vector tools
  • Scanline and Raytrace rendering
Week 12 – 3D Production Workflows
  • Building Real SHots
  • Pan-n-Tile
  • Camera projection
  • 3D particles
  • Rig removal


We want our students to excel!

We want to confirm this course is a good fit for you based on your experience.

Student must apply for program admission before purchasing the course.

  • Application is easy, “Apply for Admission now“.
  • Complete the simple admission form to share your experience with us.
  • Responses will generally be in one to three work days.
  • Once admitted to to the program, come back to our store after admission to purchase your course.

Our NUKE compositing courses can prepare you to professionally operate Nuke which takes you a long way towards working in the visual effects industry. However, to get a job in the industry you will need more than just the knowledge of Nuke. You will also need to learn the art and science of compositing visual effects as well as to build a professional demo reel and website. Upon completion of this course you will receive a certificate to present to potential employers, but FXEcademy does not offer job placement.


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