Join David Mattingly for an in-depth discussion in this video Preparing the sky for cloud replacement, part of Digital Matte Painting: Changing a Scene From Summer to Winter.
Now that we've finished winterizing the mountains and the chalet, I want…to replace the sky.…The sky in the plate doesn't silhouette the mountains very well, and I want a…larger sky, so I can move it during my After Effects animation.…I have some beautiful skies in my library that I shot while I was on vacation in…the Virgin Islands, and I'm going to use a couple of them here.…Both of these skies were shot in the Camera Raw format.…Camera Raw is an amazingly flexible format that keeps all of the data the…camera records at the moment a picture is taken.…
I recommend to anyone interested in matte painting that they invest in a camera…capable of taking pictures in that format.…This sky is lit from the correct direction for my scene, and I'm going to make a…couple of adjustments before I open it.…First I am going to raise the highlight and darken the exposure a slight amount.…I'm going to raise the contrast a couple of points and go ahead and open it.…First, I want to get rid of the clouds that I already have on the plate.…
- Making precise selections using the Color Range command
- Controlling reference material through layer masks
- Creating custom brushes
- Painting snow, icicles, and trees
- Painting through a high-contrast matte
- Replacing the sky in an image
- Animating smoke and falling snow
- Reformatting and rendering a scene in After Effects
Skill Level Intermediate
Photoshop CS5: Landscape Photographywith Ben Long6h 42m Intermediate
Photoshop CS5: Painting with the Mixer Brushwith John Derry2h 26m Intermediate
Photoshop CS6 Essential Trainingwith Julieanne Kost10h 30m Beginner
After Effects CS6 Essential Trainingwith Ian Robinson8h 41m Beginner
1. Revising the Plate
2. Painting Over the Plate
3. Replacing the Sky
Extracting clouds5m 15s
4. Creating a Dusk Version of the Scene
5. Animating Your Scene in After Effects
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