20 Stunning Matte Painting Tutorials

What are Photoshop matte paintings?

Traditionally, matte painting was a hyperrealistic art effect used in photography and film. This allowed photographers and filmmakers to create cityscapes, armies, and machines by painting directly onto glass or film. The same idea has translated to Photoshop, in which we can build worlds and landscapes using digital photo manipulation.

Here are 20 of our favorite matte painting tutorials for Photoshop:

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Create an epic fantasy digital matte painting

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Basic Principles of Digital Matte Painting

Basic Principles of Digital Matte Painting

Matte Painting 101: Meteor Impacts

Matte Painting 101: Meteor Impacts

Matte Painting 101: Basic Extraction and Composition Techniques

Matte Painting 101: Basic Extraction and Composition Techniques

Matte Painting 101: Basic Destruction Techniques

Matte Painting 101: Basic Destruction Techniques

Matte Painting 101: Lighting Fires

Matte Painting 101: Lighting Fires

Creating a Devastating Tidal Wave in Photoshop

Creating a Devastating Tidal Wave in Photoshop

Planet X Matte Painting in Photoshop

Planet X Matte Painting in Photoshop

Matte Painting Tutorial

Matte Painting Tutorial

Matte Painting: Making of Barbarossa

Matte Painting: Making of Barbarossa

Matte Painting Tutorial of Tajmahal Using Photoshop

Matte Painting Tutorial of Tajmahal Using Photoshop

Making of Urban

Making of Urban

Matte Painting: Cleopatra Queen of Egypt

Matte Painting: Cleopatra Queen of Egypt

Create a Post-Apocalyptic Matte Painting

Create a Post-Apocalyptic Matte Painting

Create a Realistic Panoramic Matte Painting in Photoshop

Create a Realistic Panoramic Matte Painting in Photoshop

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