matte 1

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matte 1

Title: matte 1
Pixel Artist: b236  (Level 8 Spaceman :: 13614 points)
Posted: 7/5/2021 05:57
Palette: 2 colors
Statistics:  7 comments    6 faves    0 avatars

you probably know what this is.
this is a luminosity mask, sometimes called luma matte. we use them daily when working in photoshop, compositing video layers or rendering 3d. we love them. we hate them.
matte can be pulled from image with few clicks or crafted by hand over a span of many hours.
it allows objects to be hidden or revealed, while itself remains invisible. even though it might be the most time consuming part of the whole process.
depending on their purpose, masks can be very rough and abstract or very detailed and descriptive. or both at the same time.

over the years i learned to appreciate them as works of art. i often find them more interesting than the final output of the project they are part of.


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b236 (Level 8 Spaceman) @ 7/8/2021 00:14

thank you very much! :]
i think i'm pretty slow compared to other artists actually :| i just did it in parts, sometimes taking a really long breaks before regaining a will to continue working on it.

Mr_Hk_ (Level 5 Sniper) @ 7/7/2021 14:37

That's really mesmerizing ! 

A ping pong would have been nice + ease in and out to bring rythm! 

Can't imagine the burden of making those 120 frames, guess you must be super quick at it.

b236 (Level 8 Spaceman) @ 7/6/2021 10:30

thanks, man! :]
it's rather simple: it is used to hide / reveal the layer it's applied on. black areas will be transparent, white areas opaque.

gawrone (Level 10 Coral Reef) @ 7/6/2021 08:22

I have no idea what luminosity mask is, but this work looks like took an overwhealming amount of work and it all paid off. The effect is simply amazing.

b236 (Level 8 Spaceman) @ 7/6/2021 00:16

thanks! :]

Quiara (Level 6 Garbage) @ 7/5/2021 20:09

For what it's worth, I think this looks absurdly cool.

b236 (Level 8 Spaceman) @ 7/5/2021 06:17

PS. this piece has 90 frames and i had to redo parts of it because they didn't look right. so overall i drew around 120 frames by hand.
i can't recommend to anyone, it was insane.
the original image was supposed to be just a little excercise, but then i started to get "cool" ideas. i don't even know how long this took - during the time i was working on this mask i had to take a lot of breaks and do other stuff instead.
i haven't seen this applied to final image yet, but i really hope i won't have to return to it. in the worst case i'll ditch the whole "mask it out" concept. :E
i'll post final image later when it's finished, but there's still a considerable amount of work on it.

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