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matte painting tutorial by Der-Reiko matte painting tutorial by Der-Reiko
It took a while but now my tutorial is ready =)

I try to explain the process of creating a mattepainting, including
basic painting technics, using 3d elements and composing them inside your painting as well some ways of color-
grading. Please donīt hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Originalimage is here:
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for a detailshot watch this:
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BBarends Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional
echt cool gemacht :)
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magichatpoof Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
Hey! I'm a 3d-visual effects artist and this is huge! I'm confused- how could you work in 6k x 3k without stretching a lot of pixels in the image you used? Did you have to paint over those, too? How can I import this scene back into cinema 4d/ after effects and make some camera movements?
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Der-Reiko Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I streched the images, but I repainted the lost detail (which is relatively easy when the surrounding already fits). But in most of the cases I simply tried to find images in the right resolution. 
If you want to have camera movement applied to a shot, I would suggest a simple layering method. Foreground, midground, background on different layers (maybe 5 or 6). For a complex shot like that(with a midground reaching from a far to a near plane)  or one with a more dynamic camera movement, you need to create more geometry than I did here, map your painted textures on it or even remodel the detail completely..
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magichatpoof Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thanks for the explanation! I'll try it! 
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RahulBisht Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
thank u for sharing this with us its really helpful for the beginners
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KitsuneTechDreamer Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Love the tutorial! Was just wondering how you imported the 3D model into the photoshop composition from Cinema 4D? Hope you can help! :)
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Der-Reiko Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
There is no imported model, unfortunately, the photoshop raytracer sucks, compared to "real" 3D tecchnology, so I just rendered *.tifs out of cinema 4D and used them instead. Hope that helps :)
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KitsuneTechDreamer Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Ah, I see XD Thanks! I aspire to be a matte painter someday :)
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UncleKulikov Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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pippyboy Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Terrific , a really good eye opener
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DarwinsMishap Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work, thank you for this!!
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Eeren Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is amazing!!! *O* Thank you very much for sharing this with us!
You should really get a DD for this!!
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Der-Reiko Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it! I would love if you'd share it with others :)
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Sonylisation Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats a bloody awesome image!

I like how you made the process into a tutorial, that way others can learn how to incorporate 3D models and image editing software to make truly epic pieces!
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Der-Reiko Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch! Hope it was helpful.
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digitalpastel Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for this wonderful tutorial!
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rennelmallari Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
what software did you use?
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:iconder-reiko:
Der-Reiko Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Its done with Photoshop and Cinema4d for the 3d construction.
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Julien12826 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was slightly disappointed to find out the City was a 3D model, but the end result it truly amazing.
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Der-Reiko Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
its much faster to create a city like that in 3D- greeble is amazing^^ glad you like the end result- got lucky this time :)
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Julien12826 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sure it is, once you got the hang of it of course.I thought I +watched you, which I did not. Corrected that mistake and hope to see more of your work. ^^
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Zebraa Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student General Artist
I love the final result :)
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Tony-ob Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hello there, If that is possible, I would like to have a link to that gorgerous valley picture you've shown in this tutorial!
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Der-Reiko Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
see above :) link is in the description
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Tony-ob Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I meant the stock photo of the valley you used as a plate.
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Der-Reiko Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
oh, its not online anymore :( don`t know where it is gone(its been nearly 2 years since I downloaded it), but there are plenty on sxc.hu
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Tony-ob Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ok thanks!
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Xdrawings Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
wow!!! I loved this tutorial!! :)
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Oni-Tier Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool!
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Der-Reiko Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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AdhirAnimator Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Professional
Amazing... thank you!
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rza-22 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
Just wow
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Ciberfriky Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial sound familiar to me ^^
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Der-Reiko Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Really? Why? :)
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DeeMo247 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011   Digital Artist
YAY! I learned something today. lol. This is awesome. Great tutorial.
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Ashinson Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
thx so much, I'm faving it so to keep it close for reference later -
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Der-Reiko Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:) would be glad if it is helpful!
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Ashinson Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
actually very helpful, even though I don't do the 3D stuff, just to understand how you integrate the different parts into a whole work is very helpful in any digital art piece. ;)
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Der-Reiko Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
3d can be helpful of course. But it is not essentially nessessary I guess. Sometimes, I just use it to make life easier :)
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Ashinson Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
those scenes are pretty killer though , nice ......
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Crypto4K Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing job!
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Der-Reiko Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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FisHPastE89 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
woooooooow looks amazing! i want to go there :)
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Der-Reiko Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Me too^^ Thanks
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hinxlinx Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
Excellent tutorial, thanks for sharing! :)
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VFrance Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW! That is fantastic! Where does one go to learn this? Did you go to school to learn the basics to this?
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Der-Reiko Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Some long evenings and watching Dusso and co. a lot...
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Devfrost2000 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow thank you so much for this! i wasn't doing so well with matte painting. this is a fantastic tutorial! by the way, where did you get the custom brushes for the clouds/haze?
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Der-Reiko Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Devfrost; I'm glad that it is useful for you...
Keep on trying with Matte Paintings, If you get the mood and the initial sketch right, then it shouldn't be a problem to become realistic =)
I did the hazy brush on my own; its goot to have a look at freaky textures and to extract brushes out of that; but this one is actually "stolen" from one of my paintings^^
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Devfrost2000 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome. and thanks for the encouraging words!
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