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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.
If you are a premium member of the lynda.com online training library, you have access to the files used in this demonstration, to the exercise files tab, to the right of the table of contents tab on the lynda.com website. Each section has its own folder, but I would recommend downloading all of the exercise files to your desktop before you start, since some of the chapters will refer to the resources first used in another section. If you are a monthly or annual member of lynda.com, you still have access to the original plate I will be using for this demonstration, along with the footage that your final castle will be composited into.
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