Join David Mattingly for an in-depth discussion in this video Examining the light sides of rounded surfaces, part of Digital Matte Painting Essentials 3: Tone.
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Setting up the Mask Holding layers in the last…two lessons was the hardest part of this section.…Now we get to use them to first tone…our towers and domes, and then finish lighting the castle.…Which should be easy and fun with all this prep work done.…Lets do the light side of the towers first.…Load in the selection for the towers, one mask…holding layer, by command or control-clicking into the layer or…thumbnail preview.…You won't want to see the selection while you're…working, so command or control H to hide the selection.…
Then select your light-side layer.…One danger with the mask holding layers is that when you're…loading them, you can sometimes accidentally select them, and then you'll…be working on a layer with zero visibility, and scratching your…head trying to figure out why your paint strokes don't show up.…With the light side layer selected, select the same middle…gray we used before, somewhere around 150-150-150 in the RGB readout.…Then select the gradient tool.…
The default gradient tool is the linear gradient tool, which…
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