Join David Mattingly for an in-depth discussion in this video Using walls with mask-holding layers, part of Digital Matte Painting Essentials 3: Tone.
Now we have the selections for towers and domes saved in mask holding layer.…But we need a few more for each of the layers of walls.…This will allow us to totally separate the walls from each other.…So let's start with the lower wall and…marquee around it not worrying about the cronolations.…You should add the front of the bridge to the selection and this flame holder on the right.…
Cmd+Option+Shift+Ctrl+Alt+Shift…in the layer thumbnail preview to intersect the selection with the silhouette.…Then, Cmd+Option+click or Ctrl+Alt+Click…in the layer thumbnail preview for the dome and side tower layer to subtract…them from the selection. Make a new layer and call it lower wall.…Pick another primary color, this time a bright blue and fill the selection.…
That's great, but we don't have any of the crenelations in this selection.…You can go through and hand-select the crenelations, but if you think back…to when we were doing the perspective…drawing, we created something called cutting masks…to trim the back sides of the crenelations.…
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