advanced photoshop
Dec
23

Photoshop Tutorial: Matte Painting Techniques Part 2

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Tips & Tutorials, by Anna-lisa Saywell

Continued…Discover the expert techniques behind painting matte concepts from photos with Tony Andreas Rudolph

Photoshop Tutorial: Matte Painting Techniques Part 2

Follow part 1 of this tutorial

Thanks go out to Tony Andreas Rudolph for this tutorial. See more of his work at  www.zulusplitter.de/

Step 9

Photoshop Tutorial: Matte Painting Techniques Part 2

For the mountain on the right-hand side, we searched our stock photo database and found a photo that came from deviantART (http://psychotherien-stocks.deviantart.com/art/Mountains-62-284119697). We duplicated the photo three times and repositioned it with Cmd/Ctrl+T. After that, it was time to make a fast colour correction with Cmd/Ctrl+M. When you get almost the same values and colours as in the rest of your artwork, start painting over it again to get a better transition into the rest of the image, just using rough brush strokes.

Step 10

Photoshop Tutorial: Matte Painting Techniques Part 2

This step is a little bit tricky and involves a bit of cheating. Here, we’ll do the same thing we did in the third step. Use the Lasso tool to select a big area from the left cliff. Use Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+C to save all information in the selected area from all layers in the file, then click Cmd/Ctrl+V to duplicate the information in a new layer. Use the Move tool to move the duplicated cliff to the right side and reposition it so that the perspective nearly matches the rest of the artwork.

Step 11

Photoshop Tutorial: Matte Painting Techniques Part 2

Cheating is allowed if you can’t see it in the final result, so let’s start painting over it. Your aim is to perfectly match the cliff with the rest of the image; start painting over it and adding new details, just using the colours and some of the details from the previous cliff to create a new one. The perspective on the left isn’t the same as on the right side; we can fix it by adding some lines that match with the rest of the perspective.

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Photoshop Tutorial: Matte Painting Techniques Part 2

The little rock on the right doesn’t have the same level of detail as the other parts. Create a new layer and make a much sharper shape than before, with more details, using the Lasso tool. After that, choose the Brush tool again with a round or custom brush and start filling out the selected shape. We used colours from the image itself – it took some time to get a good result, but this is a matte concept, so the brush strokes don’t have to look perfect.

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Photoshop Tutorial: Matte Painting Techniques Part 2

Now we have a lot of details added in the last steps. Turn on the atmosphere layer again to see what you can fix. The atmosphere deletes many details in middleground and background. If it doesn’t looks realistic in your eyes, feel free to play around with the opacity or fix the whole atmosphere. In this painting we fixed the opacity a bit. We re-organised the layers to not have atmosphere on top of the rock on the right side.

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Photoshop Tutorial: Matte Painting Techniques Part 2

It’s time to add more drama to this piece. We painted a building in the background; the detail was inspired by the U.S. capital in Washington, so we used this as reference. After we finished this building we then added some destroyed details to add a feel of apocalyptic destruction. We also added more atmosphere into the near background. The result should create the feeling of a very big and very windy plateau behind the building. We mainly used the powerful standard round brush for this step.

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Photoshop Tutorial: Matte Painting Techniques Part 2

The last step is to bring life and movement into the final image, as it currently looks a bit static. You can do this by adding elements that are in motion. We start by painting in humans and their footprints in the snow. Last but not least, we add snow over the whole painting. The best way to do this is to modify the round brush in the Brush Preset box (set it to Spacing: 85%, Scattering: 690%) and start painting over the whole image in a separate layer.