Matte Painting for Cinema

A course by Koke Nunez , Matte Painter and digital artist

Matte Painter and digital artist. Sevilla, Spain.
Joined November 2015

Learn the basic concepts, techniques, and 2D processes to create movie scenes

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (176)
  • 2811 students

Learn the basic concepts, techniques, and 2D processes to create movie scenes

Did you know that creating realistic scenarios in cinema has a name? This is the matte painting technique. Before programs like Photoshop existed, scenarios were performed on a set manually or with models. Luckily, this changed thanks to the appearance of digital techniques that brought realism and more professional finishes. The specialist in this technique, Koke Núñez, creates impossible scenarios and landscapes for films and for world-renowned clients such as Two Steps From Hell, Warner Bros Music Chappell, Immediate Music or Ikea.

In this course, Koke will teach you how to create matte paintings that could be part of a film production. You will know everything related to this technique, seeing how large productions use it. In addition, you will learn the techniques used, the use of brushes or the lighting and integration of elements in the composition. Create a movie scene!

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What will you learn in this online course?

24 lessons & 18 downloads

Influences 2
7 minutes, 38 seconds
Matte painting: how is it done?
14 minutes, 27 seconds
Choosing the path
14 minutes, 16 seconds
The best composition 1
14 minutes, 45 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (176)
  • 2811 students
  • 24 lessons (5h 59m)
  • 18 additional resources (13 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

A matte painting inspired by a film production to choose between Star Wars, Game of Thrones or Blade Runner.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

To illustrators, architects, conceptual artists, graphic designers or photographers who love the world of cinema, series, marketing or video games.

Requirements and materials

It is not necessary to know illustration or photography, however, you will need basic Photoshop knowledge: knowing its interface and the different basic tools that the program offers, such as the use of brushes, clipping masks, layers, etc.

As for materials, you will need a computer with Adobe Photoshop installed and having a graphics tablet will be really useful - although it is not strictly necessary.


2811 Students
176 Reviews
98% Positive ratings

Koke Nunez

A course by Koke Nunez

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Matte Painter and digital artist

Koke is a digital artist from Seville, creator of fantastic worlds and impossible landscapes. He is dedicated to the world of film VFX, specializing in creating Environments and MattePainting. He studied graphic design, although he spent the following years learning techniques and software in a self-taught way. His art has evolved from 2D to 3D through 2.5D. His skills cover both 2D image manipulation and the creation of fully 3D environments, as well as terrain, assets, skies, clouds, vegetation, etc.

He has worked in the film industry for VFX studios such as Cinesite, Jellyfish Pictures, Pixomondo Toronto, Skydance, Core Animation or DivideTv. He has also created a 12+ hour course with the prestigious online VFX school Gnomon Workshop on Environment Mattepainting 3D.

Currently, he works as a freelance Environments and MattePainting artist for the VFX world.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences 1
    • Influences 2
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Let's start!

    • Basic concepts of matte painting
    • Matte painting: how is it done?
    • Choosing the path
  • U3

    Let's do it!

    • The best composition 1
    • The best composition 2
    • Defining our sketch 1
    • Defining our sketch 2
    • Separating the elements 1
    • Separating the elements 2
    • Separating the elements 3
    • Separating the elements 4
    • Architects of a new world 1
    • Architects of a new world 2
    • Architects of a new world 3
    • Architects of a new world 4
    • Architects of a new world 5
    • Architects of a new world 6
  • U4

    Last touches!

    • Kinematic atmospheres
    • Last details
    • Final advice
  • FP

    Final project

    • Cinematic matte painting

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Matte Painting for Cinema. Photography, and Video course by Koke Nunez

Matte Painting for Cinema

A course by Koke Nunez
Matte Painter and digital artist. Sevilla, Spain.
Joined November 2015
  • 98% positive reviews (176)
  • 2811 students