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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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Making of The Votussoloum Matte painting
Making of The Votussoloum Matte painting – Lincoln Renall – CGTantra Challenge Winner.
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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.
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Matte Painting: Making of Barbarossa
This is a matte painting that I have realized for the â€œBarbarossaâ€ 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Making of Renaissance
Learn how to make Renaissance in Photoshop using Matte painting technique.
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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.
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Matte Painting Light Tutorial
Here is a little tutorial on light rays.
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Getting Started With Digital Matte Painting â€“ 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.
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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.
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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.
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Using Lighting, Atmospherics and Digital Illustration Techniques for Matte Painting â€“ The Making of Golden Sunrise in a Fairy Land by Stas Lobachev
In this tutorial, youâ€™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. Youâ€™ll then learn how to apply adjustments to achieve realistic scale, and understand the properties of light and atmospherics for realism. Lastly, youâ€™ll learn some great compositional techniques.
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Matte Painting Tutorial: Desert City
Learn how to draw a dessert city using Mattee Painting technique in Photoshop.
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Making of By the Sea
Learn how to make a Sci-Fi space ship over sea scene.
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