Friday, December 24, 2010

Matte Painting EP - 1

A matte painting is a painted representation of a landscape, set, or distant location that allows filmmakers to create the illusion of an environment that would otherwise be too expensive or impossible to build or visit .  -  Wikipedia.

Well in this case it ain't no set, but impossible to build. Below is a set of image composites to create a totally new scene from an existing one by merging different elements from various image sets. Done entirely in PS CS5.

This is my first attempt in basic matte painting. A point to note while integrating photographic elements into a scene is the distance of the elements from the user or the camera. Objects closer to camera have a higher contrast than those far away from the camera. They appear more vivid and vibrant whereas distant objects appear faded or in a haze. So by changing the levels and contrast in a scene can create an illusion of depth and add a certain amount of realism to the scene.

The best way to work with color images in HSL mode (Hue, Saturation, Lightness) is to kill all the Hue information (temporarily by creating an adjustment layer). The images therefore appear gray and then can be merged based on the value (pixel intensity) information rather than the color.

Photoshop toolset used:
- Selection [Magic Wand, Color Range, Lasso, Magnetic Lasso, Polygonal Lasso]
- Color [Hue / Saturation, Levels, Brightness / Contrast]
- Layer [Layer Styles - Blending]
- Paint - [Clone Stamp]

Wacom Bamboo Touch-Pen tablet.

[ Original image ]

[ Mountain range stock ]

[ Sailboat ]

[Final Render ]

So there it is, the completed image. Looks neat enough but there are some minor "bugs" that i will leave it to the user to figure out. Please do not zoom in too much, you might get a headache....

..kidding... :-D

Until next time...

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