Course info
Sep 15, 2017
2h 19m

Learning how to you matte painting effectively and efficiently can elevate your work to the next level. In this course, Matte Painting Basics and the Static Camera Shot, you will begin by gaining a solid understanding of foundational techniques by learning about resolution, static grain, distorted plates, bit depth, and software settings. Next, you'll learn how matte paintings should be organized, what painting techniques will break your shot, and even small details like how to name your files and layers. Once you understand how to properly setup and build your file, you will learn how to match your plates perspective, and alter the perspective of some architecture to fit into your shot. During the blocking phase you'll also learn how to build your own personal reference library, and then how to extract and clean up your painting after you've finished blocking. You will then take your painting from photoshop to nuke to composite and add life and movement to your static shot. Finally, you'll learn a bit about how matte painting fits into a vfx pipeline, how to hand off your shots to another artist or department, and the process of revision in the visual effects world. By the end of this course, you'll have a beautiful shot and be more confident in setting up your own static matte paintings. Software required: Photoshop-CC-2015.5, NukeX-10.5v2.

About the author
About the author

Heather is a senior matte painter with over 11 years of experience in the visual effects industry. She has worked at top studios including Disney Animation, Weta Digital, Matte World Digital, and Rhythm & Hues. Feature credits include Big Hero 6, Life of Pi, Avatar and Golden Compass.

Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone. My name is Heather Abels, and welcome to my course, Matte Painting Basics & the Static Camera Shot. I'm a senior matte painter with over 10 years of experience working at companies like Rhythm and Hues, Disney Animation, and Rodeo FX. Matte painting is one of the oldest visual effects tricks, and digital matte painting is an exciting way to transform shots quickly and effectively. In this course, we're going to learn the technical in and out of how to properly set up matte paintings, create our content, and polish it off into a finished shot. Some of the major topics that we cover include file setup and Photoshop settings, working within groups, painting in perspective, blocking and refinement, and finally, some compositing tricks in Nuke. By the end of this course, you'll not only have a beautiful shot, but you'll have gained the foundational understanding to confidently create your own matte paintings using industry standards. Before beginning this course, you should be familiar with Photoshop and Nuke basics. I hope you'll join me on this journey with the Matte Painting Basics & the Static Camera Shot course, here at Pluralsight.

Technical Setup
Hi, and welcome to Matte Painting Basics & the Static Camera Shot. I'm Heather Abels. I've been working in the feature film industry as a matte painter for the last 10 years. This course is going to teach you the matte painting basics by building a strong, technical foundation before you even start painting. We're going to start with a static film shot and create our matte painting canvas. We'll learn how to set up our file, how to organize our matte painting in Photoshop to keep it clean. We're going to learn some foundational tricks to keeping your matte painting successful, like how to find your perspective and matching lighting. We're going to take our painting from Photoshop into Nuke, and then we're going to add life to our static shot using some compositing tricks. With these skills, you'll be able to move on to more advanced matte painting knowing that you've already established really good working habits. For this course, I'm going to be using Adobe Photoshop CC 2015. 5 and NukeX 10. 5v2.