Learn to create new worlds, both fanciful and totally realistic, for films with digital matte paintings in this Photoshop tutorial.
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- [Voiceover] This is David Mattingly, author of The Digital Matte Painting Handbook. While learning the fundamentals of digital matte painting, you will be creating a castle on a rugged coastline. First, we will concentrate on coming up with an interesting concept for your project. I'll teach you how to get your ideas down quickly and accurately. Next, you'll get a lesson in perspective. I'll get you up to speed, and able to do a precise perspective drawing. After that, we'll get into adding tone, where you light your project, and add cast shadows, then I'll show you how to add photographic textures, and color to your scene using a variety of techniques.
Finally, we'll put it all together using the 3D program Maya. At the end of this tutorial, you'll not only have a full understanding of the basic tools of digital matte painting, but also a photo-realistic castle ready for your demo reel. So, let's get started.
- Setting up your Photoshop workspace
- Toning the plate with adjustment layers
- Examining transfer modes
- Finding the silhouette
- Drawing internal forms
- Creating a custom brush for clouds
- Painting the sky