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Matte Painting

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Tropical city by Dylan coe
Waterfall castle by Fstarno
Matte painting by Mickaël Forrett
Exsiting matte paintings of Edinburgh
potential Influences
M.C. Escher's designs has inspired
me to design something with man
objects. His art work is very eyecatching
and it engages the viewers as it contains
illusions which trick the eye. This is something that i could consider and look into to make my design more
interesting and "mysterious"
Matte painting by Dubrovnik
Matte painting by Dylan Cole
this perspective drawing shows the potential positions for my fore/middle/background
The foreground cliffs could be made by joining these images through rotation, masking and blending
Here is the collection of images i encorporated into my design. (The url's can be seen in my "refernces" word document.)
stage 1. Introduction
My name is Calin Wynne and I studying in first
year digital media at Edinburgh Napier University.
I have been given the task to develop a photo realistic
digital environment for my Acquisition for visual effects module.

The two designs have to convey the themes of
utopia and dystopia. Utopia images are often very
bright, happy, warm, positive and dreamlike. On the other hand dystopia images are often very dark, upsetting, cold and create a lot of negative energy.

Ideas and inspiration
Inspiration from existing designs
changing the image size down from 4096*2160 to 2048*1080
reducing the pixel dimension to 1000 (for web)
the images become smaller
here is evidence that my files meet the required specifications
here is my attempts at sketches which take into consideration the vanishing point.
I then added some colour to bring my sketch to life and see what the lighting could look like.
first i took an image from the web to create a cracked texture on the foreground rocks.
I used the pattern stamp tool and a mask to blend it on top of the existing foreground.
I then had to change the colour of them through layer adjustment of hue/saturation
The next stage in the process
was to change my
image to a dystopia theme.
I wanted to make the bride seem as if it has just collapsed. firstly i used the selection tool to remove the middle section of the bridge. i then cut this section
with the section removed I then placed it underneath the arch so it is ready to be rotated and adjusted.
To make the falling section seem more realistic and 3D i used the pattern stamp tool. a also used this tool to create the smaller rocks. i added a blur to them to give them "motion" to make it seem more belivablas if they were falling with speed.
I erased parts of the stairs to make it seem like it was collapsing and breaking to pieces.
I also broke up the lower bridge to enhance the dystopia feel.
i used separate layers to darken the and change the image feel. the darker colours will dramatically change the mood of the image. I created the fog/mist by using a different brush style and lower the opacity of it. The lava between the cracks was created by sampling it from an image and using the pattern stamp tool.
I decided to have one window from the look out tower to be lit, this makes the image seem more mysterious and sinister. I used the polygonal lasso tool to create the boundary's for a beam of light to come from the light house.
I then used a yellow brush and altered the opacity to make the light diminish with distance and give my image a sense of perspective. the sharp edge around the light also becomes faint with distance to make it more realistic.
I decided to take these photos on an overcast day so i could sort out the lighting and shadows more easily on Photoshop. The cloudy weather meant that i could capture photos with more detail as the lighting is in the all dynamic range so no parts are too dark or shining to bring.
Creating the composition
Construction of the castle
Merging the bridge
creating a waterfall
Matte Paintings
In this design i like how the viaduct becomes smaller with distance, it creates a lot depth in the art work
In this design i like how open and spacious it feels with the clear sky and distant sea. This concept is something that i will definitely consider in my design
I like how the castle blends well into the island. I could create something similar through the effective use of masks.
This piece of art demonstrates how important it is to have correct lighting and shadows. This is vital to making a digital image look more believable. It has a very strong and obvious vanishing point which is created by the light source.
this image has a very strong contrast between light and dark colours.
This matte painting has a very good composition. you can clearly make out the fore ground, background and middle ground.
This image has its main focal point positioned using the rule of thirds. This technique makes images more interesting and professional
for the main castle in my image I decided to use an image of Urquhart castle that i took. I used the rule of thirds to create a better image
stage 4. Evaluation
what did I learn?
In the production process I learned a lot of new techniques and more efficient /effective ways to use Photoshop. I learned that it is very important to go through the whole process in order to make a success full matte painting. These designs take time and you cant just jump straight into making the image. Doing things methodically and in stages (non destructively) is a much more effective makes the matte paintings look more accurate and real as the production process has been finished.
what could be improved?
This was my first ever attempt at a matte painting.
My design is not perfect and there are some errors
visible such as the shadows on the castles and the sea is slightly off color but overall i am very happy with how it turned out. If i was to improve it i would i would start by adding some objects (elements) into the foreground to make it more interesting. I would then work on perfecting/ enhancing my lighting by utilizing more adjustment layers.
what would i do differently?
If i was given the chance to do this again i would defiantly
take more photos with a greater depth of feild. I am very happy with the end product however it lacks the depth of feild. On the other side it does has a very strong vanishing point which was created by effectively making the cliffs direct towards it.
I would also use a concept sketch and have it over layed on the 4k template before i started my composition. This could improve my design as it guides the photos into place and keeps them in perspective.
Overall i am very happy with how my matte painting turned out and i believe it meets all the required specification.
I line both images horizons and used the pattern stamp tool to begin to blend them togther.
The cliffs were positioned so they both point towards the vanishing point.
Here is the basic background. It is still to undergo layer adjustments and a clean up on the horizon line.
the foreground was created by rotating and scaling these 4 images. and blending them in together through masking.
blending the images...
Adding a water fall... Lowering the pictures opacity and making it more transparent makes it look more like real "see through" water.

blending the two parts of the water fall through masking
Here is the basic foreground ready to be adjusted later on in the process.
I decided to use this image of a bridge to connect the foreground to the middle ground(see next frame). This bridge has a good perspective and its colours fit in well with the foreground.
For the middle ground cliff i used a small rock section from
arthurs seat. This itself makes the middle ground an illusion as it appears much larger than the rocks actually are in real life...
blending another image into the middle ground.
finished product
the visible grass needs to be removed from the image
as it looks out of proportion. The clone stamp tool was used yet again to cover it up.
no more out of proportion grass!
Grass out of proportion
The Quick slection tool was used to erase the sky
the castle was then scaled and positioned onto the foreground
for my utopia design i wanted to have a complete (unruined) castle
I used the clone stamp tool to "rebuild" the top of the castle.
the castle wall does not line up with the vanishing point lines. iused the lasso tool and rotated that section so it looks more believable and to make the perspective correct.
the wall edge has been rotated
The top of the castle was then finished by deleting and shaping the turrets
looking a little more believable...
making sure that the shadows are correct......
making sure the lighting is correct
To make the image more photo realistic i will need to blend the bridge to the foreground.
here we can see that it looks more believable however later in the process i till work on its shadows and lighting to finish it off.
the same blending techniques had to be used to merge the bridge into the middle ground...
Here we can see the bride is less straight and it joins along the contours to the rock wall.
I wanted to have another bridge positioned underneath the main bridge so it gave the middle ground cliffs a sense of height and scale (the stairs is a good example of height). I used a mask to "cut out" the section of the bridge and stairs that i wanted to use.
This bridge fits in very well as the stairs wraps itself around the middle ground cliffs
The bridge itself was not long enough so i had to create another layer via copy, i then patched it together and removed the man so it looks more realistic. This was done by using the clone stamp tool and masking.
Another important stage was making sure that the shadows and lighting were correct. I used the quick selection tool to trace round the areas that needed adjusting.
By alerting the hue/saturation levels you can see that the selected area has been made darker and looks more realistic than before.
The water fall was then scaled to match the same height as the cliffs.
Th part of the image that was going to be used was separated and ready to be inserted into my design.
It was then put into place.
I added a stream to the bottom of it and later on in the process mist was added to make it more realistic.
The sea behind the stack was not suitable for the image so i had to improvise and replace it with another one. This involved the clone stamp tool.
Here we can see that it has been cleaned up and looks
more realistic
The stacks shadow was cast in the wrong direction so i had
to change it so it faces the correct way.
I created copies of selected areas to create identical windows on the castle.
One of the final and most important stages was cleaning up the image and making sure that everything looked in right.
All my layers were named and put into the correct sub folders. I made sure that all my layers were kept in the correct order through out the production process.
This meant that is was more efficient to revisit the layers and edit them as they could be identified easily.
After using plenty more layer adjustments and masks, my finished utopia design was finished. I tried to make sure that everything looked in perspective and lined up correctly with the vanishing point.
To give my image a real sense of mystery i included the element of subtle ship wreck. This is bizarre as there is a working lighthouse so it should not of crashed. This makes my image more interesting and means people have to think about and decide for themselves what is going on......
Here is my attempt at a dystopia sketch
I decided to capture some of my images on a clear sunny day as it emphases and pronounces the shadows which would give my matte painting more depth.
stage 2. Information gathering
stage 3. Production
These images were
taken with f.10. A shutter speed of 1/200(because there is not moving objects) and an iso of 400 as it was an overcast day
To capture the images
for my matte painting i used my Canon 600d on a fluid head tripod with a remote (for stabiliy). I also used a lense hood to reduce any lense flares/unwanted artifacts appearing in my images
As it was a really clear and sunny day i lowered the ISO to 100 and but the f-stop to 10. As the image was taken on a steady tripod i lowered the shutter speed to 1/200 so i could get a better range of colours.
This image was taken up arthurs seat on an overcast day. I had to increase the ISO to 400 because of the lack of direct light. i set the f-stop to 6.3 to reduce the depth of field as i want the whole image to be in focus. the shutter speed was set to 1/320. i chose this lower speed as it was taken free hand and i wanted to make sure my image was sharp.
some test shots
prezi sketch book
here is a small look at some of my recorded work stages....
The 5 elements are the 2 water falls, 2 bridges, the small stairs on the upper bridge and the lighthouse in the background
changing the shadow castle wall...
The wall looks lighter
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