20 Matte Painting Tutorials

Matte paintings are used to create virtual sets and digital back lots. They can be used to create entire sets, or to extend portions of an existing set. Traditional matte painting is done optically by painting on top of a piece of glass to be composites with the original footage. This trick is nearly as old as film itself. The first matte painting was made in 1907 by Norman A. Dawn, who painted for the movie Missions of California.

Originally, matte paintings were painted on glass plates, also known as glass hot. Two plates of glass were set up parallel to each other at a certain distance. The camera was set up in front of them. On the rear plate, there was a background landscape which was relatively rough, for example a painted jungle. On the foreground plate, detail-rich elements are painted, such as small plants, stones, etc. Between the glass plates, one could then film a model live or in stop-motion. Nowadays, matte painting is done in computers with the use of a tablet as a drawing device.

In a digital environment, matte paintings can also be done in a 3-D environment, allowing for 3-D camera movements. The first film to use a digital matte painting was Die Hard 2: Die Harder. It was used during the last scene, which took place on an airport runway. In hour days, when we have such power tool as tablet, Photoshop or painter and high quality shots we can create amazingly beautiful shots with just awesome color ranges.

You must have gone through number of Photoshop tutorials on different techniques used like lightning, Photo retouching, Photo effects etc but there are very few posts which showcase techniques to be used in creating matte effects in Photoshop. Our today’s post is an honest effort to make sure that you get enough knowledge of matte painting as well.

Pitch

In order to practice and improve on certain aspects of painting author often do quick sketches with a specific theme or subject matter. The drawing “Pitch” was one of these ‘test-paintings’; author started working on it with the intention of creating a very complex scene, but not over detailing it. Detail in the wrong place can hurt the overall picture, as it distracts the viewer from where he should be looking instead.

Pitch

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Matte painting tutorial

Explained here is the process of creating a mattepainting, including basic painting techniques, using 3d elements and composing them inside your painting as well some ways of color-grading.

Matte painting tutorial

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How to Create a Period Matte Painting

Period matte paintings are used frequently in movies, videogame trailers, TV shows and even in print ads. Being able to adjust your reference images to match a given theme or time period is one of the key skills for any matte painter.

How to Create a Period Matte Painting

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Making of The Votussoloum Matte painting

Making of The Votussoloum Matte painting – Lincoln Renall – CGTantra Challenge Winner.

Making of The Votussoloum Matte painting

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How to Combine Digital Painting and Photo Manipulation to Create a Platform Environment

In this tutorial, you will learn how to combine digital painting and photo manipulation to create polished fantasy art. The process of combining digital painting and photo manipulation is a great mix. It truly allows you conquer the world with beautiful illustrations.

How to Combine Digital Painting and Photo Manipulation to Create a Platform Environment

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Matte Painting: Making of Barbarossa

This is a matte painting that I have realized for the “Barbarossa” movie directed by Renzo Martinelli in 2009. The request of the director was for a singular version of the High Middle Ages Rome set in a river with a church in the background.

Matte Painting: Making of Barbarossa

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Create A Distressed Surreal Cityscape

In this tutorial author is going to show you some techniques in matte painting to create a distressed surreal cityscape.

Create A Distressed Surreal Cityscape

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How to Create a Matte Painting Inspired Scene

In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial, we are going to go over a method for composing a beautiful matte painting style scene. Matte paintings are typically used in movies to create expensive or surreal landscapes and scenes that are stitched together with regular footage.

How to Create a Matte Painting Inspired Scene

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Fantasy View of Budapest

A short description of the creation of a picture “Fantasy View of Budapest” and this tutorial is most useful to those who already have average or good knowledge of Photoshop.

Fantasy View of Budapest

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Matte Painting Tutorial

Here is one matte painting author did long time ago. He thought some people want to see how you can create matte painting and maybe to clear some things about it.

Matte Painting Tutorial

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Making of Renaissance

Learn how to make Renaissance in Photoshop using Matte painting technique.

Making of Renaissance

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Matte Painting Tutorial of Tajmahal Using Photoshop

In this tutorial we are going to cover few basic concepts and tricks in matte painting using Adobe Photoshop and designing the great and wonder of world Tajmahal.

Matte Painting Tutorial of Tajmahal Using Photoshop

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Matte Painting Light Tutorial

Here is a little tutorial on light rays.

Matte Painting Light Tutorial

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Getting Started With Digital Matte Painting – Workflow, Techniques and Walkthrough

Welcome to this tutorial on the basic work?ow for a general matte painting, hope you like it and learn something from it. This is not an extremely advanced tutorial yet the author assume you have knowledge of Photoshop masks, adjustment layers and custom brush creation, if not there are several tutorials online that cover all these techniques.

Getting Started With Digital Matte Painting – Workflow, Techniques and Walkthrough

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Create a Realistic Panoramic Matte Painting in Photoshop

Matte paintings are images commonly used in the film industry to create the illusion of an environment that would otherwise be too expensive or impossible to build. In this tutorial author will show you how to turn a single stock photo into a realistic panoramic scene.

Create a Realistic Panoramic Matte Painting in Photoshop

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Making of Work Makes One Free

Learn the strateggy and techniques used by Brian Recktenwald to create the mattee painting titled as Making of Work Makes One Free.

Making of Work Makes One Free

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Using Lighting, Atmospherics and Digital Illustration Techniques for Matte Painting – The Making of Golden Sunrise in a Fairy Land by Stas Lobachev

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to take a concept, develop it using linear perspective, then add in value and color perspectives, and then apply photographic references to achieve a realistic matte painting. You’ll then learn how to apply adjustments to achieve realistic scale, and understand the properties of light and atmospherics for realism. Lastly, you’ll learn some great compositional techniques.

Using Lighting, Atmospherics and Digital Illustration Techniques for Matte Painting – The Making of Golden Sunrise in a Fairy Land by Stas Lobachev

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Matte Painting Tutorial: Desert City

Learn how to draw a dessert city using Mattee Painting technique in Photoshop.

Matte Painting Tutorial: Desert City

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Making of By the Sea

Learn how to make a Sci-Fi space ship over sea scene.

Making of By the Sea

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