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A crucial step in building a realistic digital matte painting is texturing your scene. This course shows you how to add light, color, and texture to a basic form using photographic references and the tools in Adobe Photoshop. Author David Mattingly starts the lessons where Digital Matte Painting Essentials 3 left off—with a fully shaded 3D form—but you can also jump straight into this installment to learn more about texturing. Start now to learn how to add crenellations, color correct your form, distort and relight photographic textures, and add glows and special effects that make your painting convincing.
Next, we're going to add a number of interesting photographic details to the castle. Now is the time to look through the websites I mentioned before for some nice castle details. Towers, entryways, and other fun bits that can make your castle come alive. What I like to do is cut out the details that I like and then paste them into a separate file. Then start figuring out what will work in my current project. I'm not going to go through the process of cutting the photo reference out again. You've seen me do that enough. I'm just going to open up a file that I call CastleBits, that I've pasted a lot of castle details into.
If you're a lynda.com premium member, you'll have access to this file in the four_textures folder of the support files for this course. Feel free to use some of the elements I don't use, or find your own details to make the castle your own. Let's get all of the elements we'll use in the castle loaded into the file and positioned and ready for color correction. I make a file like this because if you're going to go to the trouble of cutting out a tower or entry way or whatever, it's nice to keep a copy of it in a separate file before you color correct or distort it.
You never know when you are going to need castle elements again, and now you already have some of them cut out and in pristine form for future use. Let's grab this layer called filigree tower, copy it, and past it into our castle composition. Select the spot you want to paste it in. It comes in much too large so scale and position it so that it looks approximately right. Zoom in so you can see what you have in your form painting. That looks about right. Return to our CastleBits file and let's grab this onion tower.
Select where you want it placed and paste it in. Transform it and position it to match as best you can. You can move it to one side and then press Cmd or Ctrl+Z to pop it back into place to see how it's lining up. You can use the Perspective tool to pinch in the bottom and make it a little more tapered. Let's do the entrance next. Grab this layer called Doorway, copy it out and paste it right over the entry way to the castle. Scale it down, this is reversed, you need to flop it.
And then distort it to match the perspective on our project. Since this entryway really doesn't match the perspective on the castle, you're going to have to do some finagling to get this to line up. Flip it in and out of place again to see that it's lining up. That's good enough. Next I want to grab a detail for the entry way that comes from the Papal Palace in Avignon, France. Just select this tower structure and copy it out and paste it to the left of the entryway. This is way too big, so scale it down and get it sort of into position.
It looks a little to tall, so I'm going to chop off the bottom of this and move that little cone section up. I'd like to add some little details to this side tower. Then I've got kind of an interesting looking bit here. Paste it right on top of that tower and zoom in and let's scale it down. The light on this is coming from the left. If I flop it it's now coming from the right. It'll work better here. I've got a section of a tower from the Taj Mahal that I'd like to use to dress up my front towers. So paste that into place and scale it down to fit.
Let's zoom in. The tower's a little tall but, I want to keep these nice sectional details. So chop the tower in the middle and move it up, then chop it at the bottom and move it up again. Now it fits, and we have all these nice round details intact. This Taj Mahal tower and this green filigree tower might go together nicely if you chop off the top of the roof of the tower. If I scoot that Taj Mahal tower up a bit, it literally looks like they were made for each other. There’s one more piece I want to add before we start color correcting and that’s this wall once again from the Papal Palace in Avignon, France.
It would add some nice detail to this sidewall here, and it's has got some little windows in it. You'll need your left vanishing point guides to align this wall up. Paste it in. This wall was actually facing to the right, so we need to flop it so that its now facing to the left, and then choose the Distort tool and start lining it up with your vanishing point guides. Again, you are going to have to fiddle around with this to get it to sit in correctly. Look carefully at your guides, as well as the position of the arches below the crenelations.
That looks good. We're missing a little section behind this left-hand tower, so let's just grab one of our existing sections, and we've got to crop it to fit to the wall. And then transform it down, again to match the guides. Let's just chop this area behind the side tower. And that's enough elements to work with. In the next lesson, we'll relight and color correct these diverse pieces of reference.
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