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Alvy Ray Smith is an artist, inventor, author, entrepreneur, and one of the most important gurus in computer graphics. In 1974, he wrote one of the first computer painting programs ever, and followed that with the very first 24-bit painting program. In 1986, he co-founded Pixar with Ed Catmull, where "Toy Story", the first CG feature film, was later created. He co-invented the concept of the alpha channel, which made possible transparency and digital image compositing. Prior to Pixar, Smith and Catmull were founding members of the Lucasfilm computer division.