Join David Mattingly for an in-depth discussion in this video Examining the dark sides of rounded surfaces, part of Digital Matte Painting: 3 Tone.
Next we're going to add the dark sides to the towers and domes.…This is very much like how the light side was done, only…we're doing it on the dark side layer that is set to multiply.…Select the dark side layer, make sure your background color is still set to that…middle gray that we used before And then load the towers one layer, hide it.…Let's start this out with the gradient tool.…Holding down the Shift key to keep the…gradient vertical and dragging to the right, go…through and give each tower a couple of…passes with the gradient to build up the tone.…
You can hide and unhide the selection. Command or Ctrl+H.…To remind yourself what towers are selected.…You'll need three or four swipes on each tower to build it up.…Like on the light side the gradient tool won't do it all.…You'll need to select the brush and making it smaller…go in and do the finer details on the tower tops.…
Now let's load in towers two in details.…Then, hide the selection so you can see what you're doing.…I'm doing these other towers directly with the brush.…
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