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London National History Museum MattePainting

First I want to thank you again for giving me the opportunity to make this tutorial.
I hope I will make a good tutorial because this is my first tutorial ever and my English is not so good. I hope I will make myself understood.

My name is Sorin Bechira and I live in Romania. I graduated the “West” University on Fine Arts from Timisoara and I’m a graphic/multimedia designer  with more than 5 years experience in the field of graphic design. Lately I’m more interested in mattepainting and compositing.
For this tutorial I used Adobe Photoshop.

Description: This is a digital mattepainting for the MattePainting Challenge on CgTalk. The challenge was to show the museum in a future destroyed world. A plate was provided and the contest had 3 major steps: cleaning the plate, make a set extension about 50% bigger than the provided plate and finally the mattepaint.

Concept: I wanted to show a concept where the London National Museum is ruined but also to put it in a fantasy like environment, and the passing of time is emphasized by the deserted cemetery within –so the viewer can imagine that more than 2-300 years has passed since present days.
But there are 2 more steps(cleaning the plate and extending it to at least 50%) to accomplish until then, so lets begin with step1:


In this stage I’ll have to remove all the people, signage and all other modern stuff.

I begun with the cleaning of the right upper part

removing the people. So I cloned some clean parts (bricks and pillars) and blend them over – just copy/paste and adjust the edges with a basic soft-rounded brush (since the image was 3k wide and I was working at 2-300% zoom, it is almost pixel perfect). The same basic technique was used for the people on the left stairs

Next I worked on the upper left side; had to remove the reflectors, signage and also the light coming from reflectors

For elements removal I used the clone brush with a basic soft-round brush at 100% opacity. For light removal I selected the highlighted areas with the lasso tool and I  used replace color tool to replace the highlights with a  brownish color. On the central stairs

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