25 Matte Painting tutorials for Adobe Photoshop

25 Matte Painting tutorials for Adobe Photoshop

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 would otherwise be too expensive or impossible to build or visit. Historically, matte painters and film technicians have used various techniques to combine a matte-painted image with live-action footage. At its best, depending on the skill levels of the artists and technicians, the effect is “seamless” and creates environments that would otherwise be impossible to film (wiki)

From years, digital matte painting is more then a movie feature. Like a part of 2D digital painting and exceeding the professional uses, now is an area for pure imagination exercises. Almost all 2D painters started with matte painting. In fact, you will see that some tutorials are based 100% on digital painting. For such kind of tutorials you need a bit of drawing skills, many hours spend with pencil in front of your paper (yes, the basics cannot be replaced by any digital painting tutorials), studies about proportions and architectural perspective.

Like you can see, Adobe Photoshop (or any other performant paint software) is not a skill saver or a patch for our missing artistic education. Yes, using them you can save time and can make more many things with more low costs, but when you are looking at tutorials or on other matte painting showcases, think at how many hours was spent in background, many of them with unsuccessful results.

1. Cleopatra Queen of Egypt. Matte paiting tutorial by Frederic St-Arnaud. Web: www.starno.net


2. Dark House. Matte paiting tutorial by Sébastien Gaucher. Web: www.seb4d.com


3. Making Of The Lost World: Temple of Nature. Matte paiting tutorial by Tiberius Viris. web: www.suirebit.net

Lost World Temple of Nature tutorial

4. Digital matte painting.

digital matte painting tutorial

5. London National History Museum. Matte Painting tutorial by Sorin Bechira. web: www.bechira.com


6. Extend a live action set with custom matte painting. Video matte paint tutorial by Andrew Kramer. web: www.videocopilot.net


7. Create a mystic night scene with rainy atmosphere. Matte paint tutorial by Shantanu Jahagirdar. web: www.thesign.info


8.  Winter. Matte paiting tutorial by Sébastien Gaucher. Web: www.seb4d.com


9. Making of “Distant Shores”. Matte painting tutorial by Andreas Rocha. web: andreasrocha.com


10. Matte painting Environment – Tunnel. Tutorial by Henry H. Pashkov


11.  The Making of The Decline of Babel Myth – Jacobsen War. Matte painting tutorial by Frederic St-Arnaud. web: www.starno.net


12.  Making of Neokathmandu. Matte painting tutorial by Sarel Theron. web: www.sareltheron.com


13. Creating Movie Matte Paintings with Photoshop. Tutorial by By Thibaut Granier.


14. From Speedpainting to Matte Painting2D/3D Production Pipeline. DVD tutorial by Sebastien Larroude. web: www.rainfx.com


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