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Creating and Animating a Matte Painting in Photoshop and After Effects
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Released Sep 30, 2013
Jonathan Lam

Guest Tutor

Jonathan Lam
In this training we will go over the process of creating and animating our very own matte painting.

In the first section of this tutorial you will go through the process of creating a realistic matte painting for film and high end animation. Then, we will take our creation into After Effects to add camera movements and animation.

These step-by-step lessons will start by covering the basics of how to prepare your matte painting in Photoshop, whilst covering subjects such as digital painting, lighting, scale, values, and perspective along the way.
Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
01:08
Thumbnail studies in Photoshop
2

Thumbnail studies in Photoshop

 
15:30
Refining thumbnail selection for the matte painting
3

Refining thumbnail selection for the matte painting

 
07:51
Extracting clouds and sky from photos
4

Extracting clouds and sky from photos

 
08:13
Extracting cliffs and leaves from photos
5

Extracting cliffs and leaves from photos

 
10:55
Combining the extracted photos into the matte painting
6

Combining the extracted photos into the matte painting

 
10:18
Blending grass into the scene
7

Blending grass into the scene

 
10:51
Adding sky and a temple into the scene
8

Adding sky and a temple into the scene

 
13:22
Painting a waterfall in the scene
9

Painting a waterfall in the scene

 
10:26
Color correction and lighting for matte painting
10

Color correction and lighting for matte painting

 
09:27
Building shadows and light values
11

Building shadows and light values

 
10:04
Introducing scale into the matte painting
12

Introducing scale into the matte painting

 
06:28
Converting the matte painting into an animation
13

Converting the matte painting into an animation

 
10:17
Using the animation camera in After Effects
14

Using the animation camera in After Effects

 
05:40
Implementing video files for the animation
15

Implementing video files for the animation

 
05:57