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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.
We have these nice castle details added in, so let's go ahead and relight and color-correct them. Let's name the layers so we can stay organized. First is Wall, then Tower, then Tower Detail. Entrance Detail. Entrance, Onion Tower, and that's the Filigree Tower. Select them all and put them in a group, and name the group Details.
Turn off all the layers except the Filigree Tower. And zoom in and center it so we can work on it. Make sure that black and white are loaded in the color picker. Select a big soft round brush. Then select the Filigree Tower layer and load the selection so we isolate the tower. And set the Brush transfer mode to Overlay. Set the opacity to 30%. And let's go ahead and darken the dark side using that Overlay brush.
Then, press x to swap foreground and the background colors. And lighten the light side. Now let's work on that Onion Tower. Select the layer and load the selection. Hide the selection, and now let's paint in the dark side. This Onion Tower is relatively easy to re-light because it was flat lit, so we are basically adding our own lighting to it. By using the Overlay Brush, we preserve and enhance the detail that's there.
You will have to carefully mold it, adding the dark side and this finely-tapered core. The light side on this doesn't really need any work. Let's just beef up this core. Let's take a look at the entrance. This entrance doesn't need to be relit, but I think the interior of the entrance would look better if it was flocked, so that you would appear to be looking into it. Go ahead and marquis around the inside of the doorway.
Press Cmd or Ctrl+J to copy the section out and transform it horizontally. Merge the two layers together. Open up the Curves panel and pull that black point to the right just a tad to darken it and increase the contrast. I'm pretty sure you're getting the idea of how to relight these elements, so let me speed through relighting this detail above the entrance and on the side tower. Let's slow down again to work on this tower from the Taj Mahal.
The cast shadows from these round details can make it a bit of a challenge to re-light. Select the tower layer and load in the selection and hide it. The core needs to run right down the center of the tower where this cast shadow is occurring. So if you're careful working with the Overlay Brush, you can hide the edge of the shadow and get the correlate in at the same time. Once you've got that hard edge of the shadow hidden, you can go back and darken the entire core until it looks right.
That concludes relighting these new photographic details. We'll go ahead and color-correct them in the next lesson.
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