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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.
Here's what you need to know before watching this video tutorial. First, even though I will be painting in the newest version, Photoshop CS6, and animating in After Effects 5.5, this course is not version-specific; all the tools I use are available in much older versions of these programs, even if the details of the interface may vary. I've made every effort to make this tutorial accessible to non-experts, but you will need to have basic Photoshop and After Effects skills. lynda.com offer several excellent introductory courses on these programs and both the Photoshop CS6 Essential Training and After Effects CS6 Essential Training are great starting points for anyone learning these programs.
But even if you are not an expert in either of these programs, I hope you'll be able to follow along and understand the techniques being demonstrated.
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