Photo-manipulation and Clean Plating Fundamentals for Matte Painting

Matte Painting is one of the most creative, location independent, and lucrative careers in the visual effects industry. This course will show you the core concepts and techniques you'll need to start your career as a professional Matte Painter.
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Level
Beginner
Updated
Jan 29, 2018
Duration
1h 51m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(10)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jan 29, 2018
Duration
1h 51m
Description

Anyone looking to become a Matte painter in today's visual effects industry needs to first understand the foundations and core concepts of matte painting. In this course, Photo-manipulation and Clean Plating Fundamentals for Matte Painting, you'll learn the most important techniques needed to start your career as a matte painting professional. First, you’ll see how to build an effective clean plate commonly used for feature films. Next, you'll be shown how to execute a non-destructive sky replacement, how to realistically paint light, shadow, wear, tear, and vegetation with brush settings. Finally, you'll go over how to harness the power of Photoshop's most powerful image manipulations tools to transform any image into an elaborate matte painting that tells a story. When you finish this course, you'll have the foundational skill set required to work as an entry level Matte painter in today's visual effect industry. Software required: Photoshop CC

About the author
About the author

Brian is a Professional Designer and Instructor with experience across multiple entertainment Industries including film, game, and Illustration.

Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone. My name is Brian Lee and welcome to my course on Photo-manipulation and Clean Plating Fundamentals for Matte Painting. I'm a Matte painter in the visual effects industry and have worked as a Matte painter for companies such as Sony Pictures Imageworks, Psyop, and Double Negative. Due to its specialized nature, Matte painting is one of the most creative, well-paid, and location-flexible positions within the visual effects industry. And if you're looking to harness the necessary tools required to enter this industry, you're in the right place. In this course, we're going to focus on the key fundamentals to jumpstart your career as a professional Matte painter. Some of the major topics that we'll cover include Essential Clean Plating Techniques, Sky Replacement techniques, Cinematic Lighting Methods, techniques on Painting realistic textures, and methods of Realistic Image Manipulation. By the end of this course, you'll have a strong foundation of the skills and knowledge you'll need to work as an entry level Matte painter in today's visual effects industry. Before beginning the course, it helps to be familiar with Photoshop, and if you're not, be sure to take a look at some of the basic Photoshop courses here on Pluralsight. I hope you'll join me on this exciting journey through the world of Matte painting. Get started today by enrolling in my Photo-manipulation and Clean Plating Fundamentals of Matte Painting Course, hosted right here on Pluralsight.

Introduction to Matte Painting
Alright, so in this module, I'm going to provide a brief description of matte painting and cover some essential topics you'll need to understand before moving into the later parts of this course. To start with, I'm going to describe what matte painting is and what it means to be a matte painter in today's visual effects industry. I'll then go over some essential terms and tips to help teach you more about the matte painting production environment. I'll give you a brief description of the importance of perspective and how it's used in matte painting. And finally, I'll follow up with a demonstration on how to create a perspective guide that will help you accurately approach your matte paintings. By the end of this module, you'll have a better understanding of what it means to be a matte painter in today's visual effects industry and have a new tool set to help you map out perspective for any given matte painting. So let's start with talking about what a matte painting even is. A matte painting is a painted representation of a landscape, set, or distant location that allows filmmakers to create the illusion of an environment that is not present at the filming location. For instance, take a look at this portfolio piece. The director shot at a location which appears to be in Vancouver, Canada, but needs to look like it was in North Korea so a matte painter is a skilled professional that creates these environments. In the next clip, I'll cover some different types of matte paintings as well as some essential terms you'll need to be familiar with as a matte painter.

Advanced Painting and Texturing Tools
Alright, welcome back. In this module you'll learn how to tell the story of your matte painting by using image manipulation techniques. You'll start off with how to quickly texture your street using provided textures, and getting a crash course on blending modes. You'll then see how to deform objects to help tell your story. You'll then learn the technique I use to shatter and break windows throughout the scene to add to the story even further. You'll learn how and where to add grunge, and finally, how to create vegetation and overgrowth to give your painting a little extra history. So let's dive right in, and start manipulating the image.

Sky Adjustments and Lighting Techniques
In this module, you'll learn how to replace the existing sky and add realistic lighting to your painting. You'll start off with learning how to remove the current sky and be shown how to replace it with a custom one. You'll then see how to light the rest of your painting to reflect the new cinematic nature of your sky. From there, you'll see how to properly prepare and optimize your file for compositing. So let's dive right in and finish up your matte painting.