Matte Painting for Cinema

A course by Koke Nunez
Matte Painter and digital artist. Sevilla, Spain.
Joined November 2015
, Matte Painter and digital artist

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

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% Positive reviews (101)
  • 1513 students
Matte Painting for Cinema

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

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% Positive reviews (101)
  • 1513 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 24 Lessons (5h 59m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever

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!

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Presentation
  • U2
    U2. Let's start!
  • U3
    U3. Let's do it!
  • U4
    U4. Last touches!
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Koke will start the course by explaining his career path. He will tell you what he is currently doing, he will share with you his main sources of inspiration and he will summarize what you will learn during the course.

First you will review the basic concepts of matte painting and you will see some examples. Then, you will choose the theme of your matte painting , posing the scene and composition using sketches made with the thumbnails technique. In your sketches, you will determine the distances, the elements, the lights and the shadows, or if it is day or night ... You will be able to access the necessary resources to prepare your scene.

With your finished sketch, you will choose the necessary resources for each element and separate them using various trimming techniques. When you have the elements separated and clean, you will go to correction: you will learn to merge and integrate the elements on stage. You will see how to correct perspectives, sizes, positions ... among other things.

You will go to the color, light and shadow corrections so that your matte painting comes alive and realism. You will see how to create the atmosphere of your composition with fog and cloud effects, depth or brightness effects. Finally, Koke will give you the last tips to finish your piece and achieve a professional cinematic finish.

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 it for?

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

What you need

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.


1513 Students
101 Reviews
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Koke Nunez

A course by Koke Nunez

Matte Painter and digital artist

Koke is a Sevillian digital artist, creator of fantastic worlds and impossible landscapes. He studied graphic design, although it was the following years learning techniques and software in a self-taught way, which led him to specialize in conceptual art and matte painting . Where you feel most comfortable is with Adobe Photoshop, combined with 3D tools like Cinema 4D, Octane Render and After Effects.

He has worked in the film industry for clients in the sector such as Warner Chappel Music, Two Steps From Hell, Audiomachine or Dos Brains, and doing matte paintings for the DivideTv studio, Ikea and for a movie.

Currently working on the Matte Painters team at Core Animations, with the animated film "Moomios" produced by 4Cats Pictures and distributed by Warner Bros Pictures.


  • 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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Matte Painting for Cinema. A 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 (101)
  • 1513 students