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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.
Now the dome is relit but it isn't color corrected so let's do that next. I want to mention that in general you want to relight before you color correct, since relighting may change the color. And if you color correct first you may need to do it again after relighting. Let's do a little more organization on the layer names. What's labeled Side Details is actually the dark side boxes. And layer two is the light side boxes. Let's add an adjustment layer to the group to add color correction non-destructively.
Select the domes group, go down to the bottom and add a curves adjustment layer. It comes in inside the group, you need to move it just above the group. Then Option or Alt click on the line between the group to make the adjustment layer just effect the layers in a dome group. This color correction won't be as extreme as the one we did on the base of the castle, since the dome is already reddish. We know the dome needs to be darker, so pull down on the RGB white point.
The dark side is getting a little darker than it should be. So pull up just to hair on the low shadow point on the curve. That lightens that dark side. The dome needs to be more red so, pull down on the green white point. And it turns maroon. Pull down on the blue white point to counteract the green correction. Now the dome looks a smidgen too red, so pull down on the red white point to neutralize the color. And we're done color correcting the dome. Next, we'll add a whole bunch of photographic details to really bring the castle to life.
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