2.5D Matte Painting

Take your matte painting to the next level creating a 2.5D environment and launch your career in VFX

Matte painters who can create truly photo realistic environments are are in high demand as productions are relying more heavily on these artists for film, TV and commercials. 

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This course will take you through the entire Digital Matte Painting pipeline using Photoshop, Nuke and Maya. Students will be constructing a digital matte painting from start to finish. Advancing your skills as an artist to make your portfolio stand out.

By the end of the course, students will have a deep understanding of the digital matte painting world and workflow. They will have also gained knowledge on how to troubleshoot new problems or tasks.

Students will also develop their own photorealistic matte painting. 

By the end of the course you'll:

  • Have developed your 2.5D projection in Nuke
  • Have an understanding of what it takes to develop photorealistic environments that meet industry standards
  • Understand how to properly plan a production pipeline for efficient workflow
  • Have the confidence and ability to create advanced photo realistic digital matte paintings


Immediate Access


Photoshop, Nuke, Maya



Meet Your Instructor 

Tamara Toppler

Tamara Toppler is the Head of the Digital Matte Painting at BlueBolt, an award-winning visual effects company based in London, UK.

With a strong focus on working on historical TV series and films, her specialities lie in creating 2.5D environments.

Tamara has an MA in Digital Effects with a background as a 3D generalist, graphic designer and compositor.

Past projects include The Last Kingdom, Peaky Blinders, The Great, Robin Hood and Johnny English.

Student Reviews

I loved the class, it was so well taught! It is definitely not a beginner class but there are already beginner classes out there. Loved learning the real nuts and bolts of a production shot. It was definitely challenging. 

This is exactly the course I needed! Besides that, I have done several other courses which are a great complement. I really like Tamara's approach to teaching production. It was a class on matte painting that I had been wanting so much. 

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This is an On Demand course, it includes no live sessions.

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$299 $249

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  • 7 modules
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  • Lifetime course access
  • Certificate of completion upon request
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