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In this course, well-known author, teacher, and illustrator David Mattingly demonstrates his production-proven matte painting techniques and shows how to turn a summer daytime scene into a wintry nightscape using Photoshop and After Effects. David shows how to take a plate, or a still shot from a film, and alter key elements to change the season and time of day. Using advance digital matte painting methods, David removes all of the greenery from the mountains, fields, and trees, and covers them with snow. Then he replaces the sky, and adds realistic touches such as chimney smoke, icicles, and night-lit windows. In the final chapters, you'll discover how to create an animated scene that cross-dissolves between the two versions.
If you're a Premium member of the lynda.com online training library, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this tutorial. All of the files are contained in the Exercise Files folder, and I recommend that you copy that to your desktop for easy access. The files are organized into three basic categories: Plate, which contains the raw plate I'll be using for the demonstration-- the Plate folder also contains the final version of the painting called Mountain_Chalet.psd they you can refer to at any point in this tutorial; the second folder is Reference, which contains all of the photographic materials used in this project; and AfterEffects, which has the finished painting ready to be used in the animation.
This project was done in After Effects 5. Projects created in a newer version of After Effects cannot be opened in an older version, so you'll have to have After Effects 5 or later to use this file. There is also a copy of the final render to compare your own work to, once you've finished the lessons. Even if you're not a Premium member, you'll have access to the raw plate so you can work over the same scene as I do. Just go up to the Exercise Files tab at the top of the chapter listing to download the files.
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