Join David Mattingly for an in-depth discussion in this video Selecting the silhouette, part of Digital Matte Painting Essentials 3: Tone.
The first thing you're going to want to do on this form part of the…project is create a selection that clearly delineates the outside of your castle.…We're going to use the Lasso tool to do this, so…let's talk about the various kinds of Lasso tools available.…Either choose the Lasso tool from the menu or press L to access it.…The first choice is the regular Lasso…tool, which is great for freehand selecting.…The second choice is the Polygonal lasso tool.…
You can cycle through the Lasso tools by pressing Shift+L.…With this tool, each time you click, you get a straight line between the clicks.…You end the selection by pressing the…return key, or pressing on the first point.…The third choice, which you can again access from the menu, or pressing Shift+L,…is the Magnetic lasso tool.…What the Magnetic lasso tool does, is…create a selection based on areas of contrast.…
One tricky aspect of the Magnetic Lasso tool is…sometimes it can be hard to end a selection.…And it's sort of like you have a sticky noodle attached to your cursor.…
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