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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.
If you're a premium member of the lynda.com online training library, you have access to the files used in this demonstration through the exercise files tab, to the right of the table of contents tab on the lynda.com website. Each section has it's own folder, but I'd recommend downloading all of the exercise files to your desktop before you start. Said some chapters we'll refer to the resources first used in another section. The files for this section are inside the 3_Form folder, and include my starting file FormStart.psd, and the final form file, FormFinish.psd.
If you're a monthly or annual member of lynda.com, you will still have access to the file FormsStart.psd. I'll be using that file in the demonstration, so if you have not created your own perspective drawing in the previous section. You can work over my concept as you watch this tutorial. (BLANK_AUDIO)
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