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Maryam
01-28-2005, 12:58 PM
You don’t have to be the best matte painter to share a useful tip or article.
Please share your experience and tips you learn along the way.
It could be as simple as the following.


In this workshop we are going to practice some usual matte painting techniques such as cloning.


Step 1: Correcting the perspective
Open original.jpg (http://www.mattepainting.org/forum/extras/challenge/hallway/original.jpg)in Photoshop.
Using two guidelines Correct the perspective to align the vertical lines.
(The perspective is not that much off, but it is noticeable)
Duplicate this layer, name it frame and hide it.

http://www.mattepainting.org/forum/extras/challenge/hallway/step1.jpg


Step 2: Removing unwanted elements
Remove the yellow stair rails and the pipeline on the ceiling on the left side.
Merge the two layers, when you are happy with the results.

http://www.mattepainting.org/forum/extras/challenge/hallway/step2.jpg


Tips for stamping:
Make a new layer, select the stamp tools, and make sure the “use all layers” is checked.
When you stamp in a new layer (not on the original image), it’s easy to go back delete the part that it doesn’t look right to you and do it again.
Choose a small brush with a hardness value of 0%.
Pay special attention to the shadow areas. Be careful not to copy from shadow areas to the part that’s supposed to be light.
Make sure to set the sampling point in different areas as you drag to avoid repeating a pattern.
Zoom out; look for any noticeable repeated pattern in the area that you stamped.
If you see any, use the stamp tools to remove them.


Step 3: Prepare for Cloning
Duplicate the layer, from the top layer cut the wall and the door at the end of the corridor.

http://www.mattepainting.org/forum/extras/challenge/hallway/step3.jpg


Step 4: Cloning
Scale the bottom layer so it fits the wall you just cut from the top layer.
Use the pipeline on the ceiling to align the two layers.
Apply a value of 1.2 Gaussian bur to the scaled layer to match the sharpness level of the two layer.
Then merge the 2 layers.
Now the corridor looks twice as long.

http://www.mattepainting.org/forum/extras/challenge/hallway/step4.jpg


Step 5: Add mirror effect
Rotate the layer 90 degrees, duplicate it and align the 2 layers side by side and merge them.

http://www.mattepainting.org/forum/extras/challenge/hallway/step5.jpg



Step 6: Blending the edges
Remove the line that runs down in the middle of the image and break the mirror pattern using stamp tools. Pay attention to the shadows of yellow pipeline connecting the floors.
You can also remove the steps on the yellow rails on the ceilings.

http://www.mattepainting.org/forum/extras/challenge/hallway/step6.jpg


Step 7: Creating the main frame
Unhide frame layer and use lasso to select the frame.
Give your selection a feather value of 0.7, and create a mask layer.

http://www.mattepainting.org/forum/extras/challenge/hallway/step7.jpg



Step 8: Opening the frame
Right click on the layer mask and select “Apply layer Mask”.
Select and move the frame as you see in this picture.

http://www.mattepainting.org/forum/extras/challenge/hallway/step8.jpg


Step 9: Extending the main frame
Using copy, paste and stamp tools fill the missing parts and remove the yellow rails.

http://www.mattepainting.org/forum/extras/challenge/hallway/step9.jpg



Step 10: Finalize
Unhide the main layer and save you work.

http://www.mattepainting.org/forum/extras/challenge/hallway/step10.jpg


Make it your own:
Here are some ideas to take your work to the next level and make it your own
-Continue cloning to make the hallway longer
-Make some holes as windows and add space background
-Replace the door at the end of hallway
-Play with colors and give it some mood
-Look for some other gadget photos and add them to the scene for more details
-Replace the foreground with another image
-Match the perspective of the foreground image (this will be covered in future workshops)
-Add reflection to the floor
-Make the bottom part of the image (behind the frame) darker.

henrich himmler
01-29-2005, 12:06 PM
good, pretty and easy :D

wolf
02-21-2005, 06:07 AM
Oh my god ! That was beautiful ! HOW do these ideas occur to you ?? I mean, I just sit in front of my computer with all my applications opened up ... and all i can draw are BLANKS ... lol !

Great tutorial ! Thank you Maryam!

homer
02-24-2005, 08:55 AM
I think these types of articles are very useful for both author and beginners.
I hope to see more contribution to this section.

brad
03-27-2005, 01:26 PM
thanks for the tutorial,
I think making these tutorials in Flash or quicktime would be great.

SOE digital
06-24-2005, 09:55 AM
http://members.iinet.net.au/~kathleen.p ... d/demo.mov (http://members.iinet.net.au/~kathleen.press/knighthood/demo.mov)

This is a real short video clip of the cycles that the image went through from original to my final image.
14 seconds.
Please right click and save as.
Enjoy.