Join David Mattingly for an in-depth discussion in this video Defining the dark side, part of Digital Matte Painting Essentials 3: Tone.
With all the rectangular surfaces on the light side…defined, now it's time to do the dark side.…Each selection you make makes the next selection faster and easier, so this dark…side selection will take you much less time to do than the light side did.…Zoom in on the castle so you can see it a little better.…Marquee around the crenellations of the top of the castle to exclude…these towers and domes.…Once again, you only want the flat…surfaces in this first pass, no rounded ones.…
Make sure to also exclude these towers on the left.…And then very roughly draw around the outside edge of the castle.…Don't forget about these two smokestacks at the front.…And these two remaining top towers that weren't selected before.…Close that selection.…There's a couple of little round tower points over…here that I'd like to exclude from the selection.…Moving over to the Layers window,…I want to hold down Cmd+Opt+Shift or Ctrl+Alt+Shift.…
Notice again how the cursor gets a little x next to it.…And click into the layer thumbnail preview of the Silhouette layer.…
This course is part 3 in David's Digital Matte Painting Essentials series. Go back to Digital Matte Painting Essentials 2: Perspective, 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.
- 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