Join David Mattingly for an in-depth discussion in this video Looking at shaped shadows, part of Digital Matte Painting Essentials 3: Tone.
We did two regular cast shadows in the lesson, but now we're…going to explore a special kind of cast shadow, a shape shadow.…Shape shadows contain the shape of the object that is projecting them,…and they are among the most interesting shadows you'll have on a project.…An obvious example of a shape shadow would occur where the…shadow of this bridge was projected onto the wall behind it.…It would contain the pattern of the crenelations on top of…the bridge along with the curve on the underside of the bridge.…
The shadow would show that curve along…with the interesting zigzag pattern at the top.…If you look at the crenulations at the top of…the bridge, they're complicated by the crenulations at the back.…The pattern is not clear so I'm going to use the powder of the crenulations…from this side wall since they are more clearly defined.…I'm going to set my feather back to zero, and lasso around a section of these.…And then intersect that with the lower wall mask holding layer.…
Move that selection over to the area where we will be using it.…
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