The Digital Matte Painting Handbook
By David B. Mattingly
Publisher: Wiley / Sybex
Final Release Date: March 2011
Pages: 350

Create Stunning Backgrounds for Film, Video, Games, and Ads

If you want to create digital matte paintings that blend seamlessly into live-action footage, this is the perfect guide. Author David Mattingly was head of the Disney Studios Matte Department and has been a matte artist on major motion pictures such as The Black Hole, Dick Tracy, and I, Robot. In this unique how-to book and DVD, he teaches you his stellar techniques.

You'll start with rough concept sketches in Photoshop and learn to add perspective, create light and shadow, add texture, and color-correct. Then you'll switch from Photoshop to Adobe After Effects and Autodesk Maya to composite your matte in 3-D and camera-project it. The result? A skill set suitable for Hollywood! Artists of all levels will want this professional handbook on their desks.

  • Get up to speed on the Photoshop workspace, tools, and custom brushes

  • Master the essentials—composition, perspective, drawing, color, and form

  • Create a castle and add illumination, dark shadows, and craggy texture

  • Change daylight into night or summer into winter

  • Prepare your Photoshop files for use in Maya camera projection

  • Learn industry- and classroom-tested tools and techniques

Create a futuristic city over a moving plate

Make scenes go from day to night

Set up a vision of Hades in After Effects 3D space

Contains all the files needed to complete the projects in the book as well as companion videos to help drive home concepts.

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