Join David Mattingly for an in-depth discussion in this video Using towers and domes with mask-holding layers, part of Digital Matte Painting Essentials 3: Tone.
With the light and dark sides clearly deliniated on our rectangular…surfaces, now we need to do the same for the rounded surfaces.…To do that, we need to create a series of what I call mass colding layers.…Using these mass colding layer's we're going to use the gradient tool…to add a light and dark side to all of the rounded surfaces.…So what are mask holding layers?…Let's first make a selection that has just the towers and domes in it.…In this case, you don't need to do any more hand…selecting, just use the selections you already have stored in your layers.…
Cmd or Ctrl-click into the Layer thumbnail preview for…the Silhouette layer, to load the silhouette of the castle.…Then, Cmd + Option or Ctrl + alt-click into the Light side layer.…Then Cmd + Option or Ctrl…+ Alt-click into the dark side layer to remove them from the selection.…Now we have a selection with just the towers, domes, and rounded surfaces.…Before I started using mask holding layers, if I…wanted to save this selection, I'd go to the Channels…
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