I have just complete my first training course for lynda.com, one of the premier online training content providers. The tutorial takes you through the process of converting a summertime plate into a snow covered winter landscape, and then taking the same scene from daytime to dusk, and finally night. The tutorial is designed for students and anyone who wants to know more about matte painting, but even more advanced matte artists should be able to pick up some new pointers on the process. *You can find the tutorial here:
Lynda.com*charges for access to their online training, but you can view a sample of the video tutorial even if you are not a member. If you are a member, I hope you will watch the tutorial, and learn some great new digital matte painting tips.*
Here is the full course description:
The course shows how to turn a summer daytime scene into a wintry nightscape using Photoshop and After Effects. Well-known author, teacher and illustrator David Mattingly demonstrates his production-proven matte painting techniques. David shows how to take a plate, or a still shot from a film, and alter key elements to change the season and time of day. *Using advance digital matte painting methods, David will remove all of the greenery from the mountains, fields and trees, and cover them with snow. Then he will replace the sky, and add realistic touches such as chimney smoke, icicles and night-lit windows. *In the final chapters, you'll discover how to create an animated version that cross-dissolves between the two versions.
• Making precise selections using the Color Range command
• Controlling reference material through layer masks
• Creating custom brushes
• Painting snow, icicles, and trees
• Painting through a high-contrast matte
• Replacing the sky in an image
• Animating smoke and falling snow
• Reformatting and rendering a scene in After Effects
I am planning to do more matte painting tutorials in the future for lynda.com, so if you enjoy this one, and want more, please drop me a line and let me know what you would like to learn next!