Join David Mattingly for an in-depth discussion in this video Loading selections from mask-holding layers, part of Digital Matte Painting: 3 Tone.
Here are all the mask holding layers, so now we need…to organize them and learn how to load them for use.…First, select all the mask holding layers, and then holding down the shift…key, click on the group icon that looks like a little file folder.…That puts everything that's selected into a new group, And…let's call it Mask Holding layers, open up the group to…reveal all the layers.…You can load any selection you want by Cmd or Ctrl clicking into the…layer thumbnail preview, but it can be…hard to remember what mask contains what selection.…
Let me show you a cool feature in Photoshop that you may not be aware of.…If you Cmd or Ctrl right-click on any area inside of your…work area, Photoshop shows you all the visible layers that have pixels…beneath where you're clicking.…If you select a layer from the drop down…menu, Photoshop selects that same layer in the layers window.…And you can swing over in Cmd or Ctrl…click on that layer to load the selection from it.…Obviously, you can't work with these brightly colored…
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