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Learn to create new worlds, both fanciful and totally realistic, in our series on digital matte painting in Adobe Photoshop with David Mattingly, a matte artist for many groundbreaking motion pictures such as Tron and I, Robot. In this installment, he shows you how to set up your palettes and workspace, tone the underlying plate, create silhouettes in your background, and paint in light and other details. Plus, learn to paint waterfalls, smoke, and other elements that make for fascinating movie backdrops.
(SOUND) This is David Mattingly, author of the Digital Matte Painting Handbook. While learning The Fundamentals of Digital Matte Painting, you will be creating a castle on a rugged coastline. First, we'll concentrate on coming up with an interesting concept for your project. I'll teach you how to get you ideas down quickly and accurately. Next, you'll get a lesson in perspective. I'll get you up to speed and able to do a precise perspective drawing. After that, we'll get into adding tone, where you light your project and add cast shadows.
Then I'll show you how to add photographic textures and color to your scene, using a variety of techniques. Finally, we'll put it all together using the 3D picture Maya. At the end of this tutorial, you'll not only have a full understanding of the basic tools of digital map painting, but also a photo realistic castle ready for your demoreel. So, let's get started.
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