Since the birth of cinema, movie-makers have created stunning special effects by combining still matte paintings with live-action film. Matte painting techniques were once closely guarded secrets that never left the big studios. Today however, with the aid of modern personal computers, creating epic Hollywood-style matte paintings is finally within everyone’s reach.

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For this masterclass, professional matte painter Sarel Theron reveals the process and insider secrets of matte creation. Using reference images and Photoshop’s Clone Stamp tool, he focuses on the creation of a 2D digital matte painting, from beginning sketch to final work. For an image of this complexity, you should expect to spend 24 to 32 hours illustrating it.

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