Matte Painting

Using Adobe Camera Raw in Matte Painting

As promised, here’s a quick tutorial video that I recorded demonstrating the use of Adobe Camera Raw in my matte painting work.

Due to the poor audio recording, here’s a list of stuff that I always do when processing RAW images.

Quick checklist of steps in preparing RAW images for matte painting:

For those who do not have access to Adobe Camera Raw, you can utilise the Lens Correction filter in Photoshop (CS2 and newer) to perform the CA and lens distortion correction.

I nearly forgot to mentioned that Adobe Lightroom can do all the above stuff if you prefer to work with it. Just remember to bring your processed image into Photoshop before you start your actual matte painting work!

P/S: Alternatively, remember you can try the full version of Photoshop CS2 for free since it is no longer supported by Adobe after they disabled the activation server for CS2 products. Here is the link to the download site (requires Adobe ID account).


Matte Painting

Matte Painting Demo 01

♦ 28 June 2014 – For VFX & Compositing students,  the submission is on 30th June 2014 and remember to properly label your files and folders.

♦ 23 June 2014 – For VFX & Compositing students,  my email address can be found at the bottom of this post if you need consultation.

♦ 20 June 2014 – A brief walkthrough of the final matte painting work can be read here.

♦ 18 June 2014 – Using Adobe Camera Raw in Matte Painting Workflow is up! Click here to read.

♦ 16 June 2014 – For VFX & Compositing students, do jump to the bottom of this post for your briefing.

UPDATE: The 1080p crop of the final look of the matte painting.

The Final Matte Painting


Today I got the opportunity to conduct a matte painting demo for the Visual Effects & Compositing class of Multimedia University in Cyberjaya.