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Default 03-24-2009, 08:20 AM

Learn the basics... a lot of people get caught up with learning a particular software package, but that alone won't get you very far. As space-sprayer has mentioned, learn the fundamentals to traditional art and composition.

As for your other question, composting is a post production process of laying out footage and putting together various assets. It relates to matte painting in that a compositor can take a matte painting done by a matte painter (or himself) and use it as either a background or whatever element he/she decides to use it for. Think of it like a person who assembles a puzzle together to make the final picture.

In order to become a good matte painter, you don't necessarily have to be a compositor but you do have to understand the idea of how a matte painting is to be delivered to a compositor (ie, how many layers he/she needs them in, what foreground or background elements are needed).

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