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London National History Museum Matte Painting Tutorial

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Step 3 - Final Matte Painting

The first step of this stage was to block in the new ground. (Fig.27).

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Fig. 27

Next (Fig.28) is to refine the ground a little by adding new mixture of grass and stones from other photos and also a dirt layer for the front pillar set to overlay, just to suggest the ageing.

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Fig. 28

Next, I added some crosses from different pictures (Fig.29).

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Fig. 29

Note that the position of the crosses will change until the end. Next step was to expand the set more on the right, left and bottom (Fig.30). I also started to cut out parts of the building to open up the scene. This was made by painting the mask with a hard round brush with 100% opacity.

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Fig. 30

Added more crosses and some grass. Next was to make the sky (Fig.31). I imported a picture with a cloudy sky and since it was too bright, I had to play around with the hue/saturation until I managed to make it as I wanted to be.

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Fig. 31

Next I had to make the background buildings (Fig.32 - 35).

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Fig. 32
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Fig. 33

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Fig. 34
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Fig. 35

Imported some building - cathedrals images and crop them and distorted them to fit into place. And also cut out an ivy from another picture and put it on the front pillar (Fig.36).

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Fig. 36

At this stage I had the main elements blocked in, but on a second thought I started to make some changes (Fig.37) on the buildings on the back and also I refined some parts of the left side of the museum.

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Fig. 37


A fog layer was added between background buildings and the left side of the museum by painting with a white soft rounded brush with 10% opacity. Next (Fig.38) I used hue/saturation adjustment layer to desaturate the image and bring more blues into the image.

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Fig. 38





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Ronaldo on Mon, 02 November 2015 11:24pm
Sorry my question but, the castle or cathedral of the background left, the light source on it isn´t it inverted?
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Thedjthat on Fri, 22 February 2013 11:21pm
Hi, I know it was years ago. Do you have the original image for "London National History Museum Matte Painting Tutorial"
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