Photoshop Matte Painting in Easy Steps

Photoshop Matte Painting in Easy Steps

Photoshop Matte Painting in Easy Steps

Step 37 - Blur

Go to filter – blur – Gaussian blur and select 2 px radius to give a softer look. Also you can use the eraser with 30% of opacity in some parts to blend the lights.


Step 38 - Sky

Put a layer of a sky and add a layer mask to it.


Step 39 - Hide

Hide all the blue parts and just leave like this:


Step 40 – Layer mode

Change layer mode to soft light and reduce the opacity to 60%


Step 41 - Light

Paint light effects with a soft round brush with 50% of opacity and 50% of flow.


Step 42 – Soft Light

Change layer mode to soft light and the opacity to 60%.


Step 43 - Shadows

Create a new layer and use it in soft light mode. Paint with a soft round black brush with 50% of opacity and 50% of flow.


Step 44 – Freeform Pen Tool

Nowpick the freeform pen tool to make details stand out.


Step 45 - Paths

After you make all of the strokes give a right click and press the option stroke path


Then select brush pressure:


The result is this:


Step 46 – Blur

Pick the blurand also the smudge tool and pass over the stroke you just made to give a softer look. Also reduce the opacity of the layer to 60%.


Step 47 - Lights

As you did before pick a soft round brush in a white or yellow tone and paint around the model to create lights, make sure the brush have 50% of opacity and 50% of flow.


Step 48 – Layer mode

Change the layer mode to soft light, if you think is necessary you can reduce the opacity. Repeat the process with warm tones around the image. In this way you will be creating the direction of the light. Start in the left corner of the image with more intensity and less intensity in the right area of the image.


Step 49 - Dark

Now in a new layer in soft light mode paint with a black brush with 50% of opacity and 50% of flow to get this result:


Final Results

That’s it


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41 comments on “Photoshop Matte Painting in Easy Steps”

  1. I can't not see your all works how can see your all works please help me and give me some trick how can improve my photoshop work I loved it your all work god bless you I hope you will rply me soon ................

    1. Thanks for the comment! I agree with you that it can be confusing and I think I know why. In the previous step, your foreground color is probably black because you were painting with black. Set it back to white before you start Step 44.

      After that, use the Freeform Pen Tool and draw the lines like shown in the image. Right-click on any one of the stroke and click on Stroke Path. Select Brush from the menu and make sure "Simulate Pressure" is turned on. If the highlights are too thick/thin, undo the previous step, select the brush tool, and change the brush size & hardness. Then redo the "Simulate Pressure" step. keep doing this to get the right stroke - sometimes it takes a few tries.

  2. The BACKGROUND stock, which is not linked in the tutorial can be found here:

    The CITY can be found on Pinterest:

    Heres the CASTLE, I had to screenshot it from this tut:

    STONE is also screen shot, and you will need to do some cloning:

    MOSS is another screenshot, cloning required again:

    You can also google for a lot of good bridges and towers/ancient architecture.

  3. Fantastic work...i am designer and learning to create amazing moodboards..i cant find anything regards of moodboard tutorials, i hope to find it here:-) thanks very much

  4. beautiful work and extremely appreciable, but could not understand the steps 34 and 34 (creating hair with the help of some hair brushes pen tool or tablet). If possible please elaborate which would be a help to beginners like me.

    thanks and regards

  5. Yeeea, just some of the pictures doesn't exist anymore, i'd love to make this tutorial but unfortunately nobody can't

  6. Beautiful work, but when I tried to begin work on it I'm not able to access any of the pictures! Help!

  7. Nice Tutorial. It gives a so much knowledge for photo-shop beginers Thanks for sharing your experiance.

  8. madam..excellent creative work nearly 50 steps to create that final image what a Patience. I am just beginner in Photoshop and its most helpful to me your working steps...thankyou

  9. Andrea excellent tutorial, I admire your work very much you are very talent and an artist. Your friend José.

  10. I like your tutorials but you have broken deviantart links. I much prefer stock that are not from deviantart because they disappear and the owners have usage rules that make them difficult to use.

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