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Matte Painting 101: Basic Extraction and Composition Techniques

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Matte painting is a technique that filmmakers use to create backgrounds for scenes that can't or don't exist in real life. In the early days, matte paintings were actually painted onto glass. Today, modern filmmakers use digital applications such as Photoshop to produce the backdrops that they need. We have published many matte painting tutorials on this site meant for intermediate and advanced users. This tutorial is part of a series of tutorials that we will be publishing on this meant for those of you who may be relatively new to Photoshop or matte painting in general.

Today's tutorial, Matte Painting 101: Basic Extraction and Composition Techniques will teach you some quick ways to extract objects from their background and combine them with other images to produce the scene that you need. Let's get started!


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