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Animating a Mountain Scene Matte Painting in Photoshop and NUKE
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Released Jan 9, 2014
Ed Lopez

Guest Tutor

Ed Lopez
Throughout this tutorial we will go from Photoshop to NUKE covering the creative process from a Photoshop 2D file, to a final NUKE animation.

We will work in MODO to create basic geometry to project our layers. Then we will go through the 3D scene creation process in NUKE arranging our scene and adding some extra animated spice to bring it all to life.
Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
01:12
Starting with the document size set up
2

Starting with the document size set up

 
10:01
Adding the mountains and sky layers
3

Adding the mountains and sky layers

 
10:39
Setting up the castle and masking
4

Setting up the castle and masking

 
10:46
Detailing the castle mask
5

Detailing the castle mask

 
11:21
Finalizing the castle mask and primary shading
6

Finalizing the castle mask and primary shading

 
07:44
Setting up foreground rocks and the central mountain layer
7

Setting up foreground rocks and the central mountain layer

 
10:10
Creating a new castle dome layer
8

Creating a new castle dome layer

 
09:45
Using the Clone tool and refining edges
9

Using the Clone tool and refining edges

 
09:15
Refining the layer edges
10

Refining the layer edges

 
10:43
Detailing each layer mask
11

Detailing each layer mask

 
05:35
Shading and correcting the layers
12

Shading and correcting the layers

 
07:35
Shading the appearance of the left mountain
13

Shading the appearance of the left mountain

 
07:16
Adding new mountain elements
14

Adding new mountain elements

 
08:03
Finalizing the shading of the image
15

Finalizing the shading of the image

 
10:14
Bringing our image into MODO
16

Bringing our image into MODO

 
11:56
Finishing the foreground geometry
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Finishing the foreground geometry

 
06:00
Adjusting our geometry and preparing it for export
18

Adjusting our geometry and preparing it for export

 
09:31
Exporting the geometry
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Exporting the geometry

 
07:13
Preparing the NUKE scene
20

Preparing the NUKE scene

 
09:02
Setting up the 3D scene
21

Setting up the 3D scene

 
08:27
Setting up the castle and other cards
22

Setting up the castle and other cards

 
10:00
Fine tuning geometry placement and animating the camera
23

Fine tuning geometry placement and animating the camera

 
08:42
Final layer and geometry placement
24

Final layer and geometry placement

 
08:43
Editing geometry and adding extra elements
25

Editing geometry and adding extra elements

 
09:36
Color balance and final rendering
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Color balance and final rendering

 
07:04