Digital Matte Painting Essentials 3: Tone
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I hope you enjoyed watching this third part of the Fundamentals of Digital Matte Painting Series, Form. There are two more parts to go. So I hope you'll join me in the following section where we'll learn all about the next important tool in the Matte artist tool kit, texturing. I'll show you how to use photographic textures intelligently And start you on the path of mastering the must-have skill for every matte artist, color correction.
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1h 18m Beginner Sep 19, 2013

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After you've perfected your perspective drawing, the next step in the matte painting process is to layer in tone: the master tool in the matte artist's arsenal for establishing a fully formed structure. David Mattingly, a matte artist for many groundbreaking motion pictures, takes a black-and-white drawing and shows how to use the five elements of light—dark sides, light sides, cores, cast shadows, and final darks— to paint the surfaces and create a realistically shaded environment in Adobe Photoshop.

This course is part 3 in David's Digital Matte Painting Essentials series. Go back to part 2 to recreate the castle drawing he uses in this course, or if you simply want to learn more about form, you can use the example provided in the exercise files.

Topics include:
  • Selecting the silhouette
  • Find the dark sides and light sides in the drawing
  • Using mask-holding layers
  • Examining the light and dark sides of rounded surfaces
  • Looking at the cores
  • Adding cast shadows
  • Separating surfaces with final darks
  • Adding ambient occlusion
Subjects:
3D + Animation Design
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
David Mattingly

Goodbye

I hope you enjoyed watching this third part of the Fundamentals of Digital Matte Painting Series, Form. There are two more parts to go. So I hope you'll join me in the following section where we'll learn all about the next important tool in the Matte artist tool kit, texturing. I'll show you how to use photographic textures intelligently And start you on the path of mastering the must-have skill for every matte artist, color correction.

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