Amazing Use of Matte Painting in Films


Matte painting is a painted representation to create the vision of a place that makes you believe that it really exists. Filmmakers prefer matte painting in their films rather than spending huge amount on film sets. This technique also helps them to create a seamless visual environment that is impossible to build or visit. It is a visual effects process where artists work on 3d programs, photo manipulation with different set of images and  hand-painted elements to develop an outstanding environment.

Matte paintings have been used in many films such as 300, Lord of the rings, star wars, sin city, avatar and many more. Here we have picked some outstanding matte paintings from different films which will help you to understand how these are being used in films.

Take a look and don’t forget to submit your comments.

The Last Samurai 2003

Digital Matte-Painting by Christopher Stoski from the Feature Film, ‘The Last Samurai’ (2003) showing San Francisco in 1876; Image courtesy Christopher Stoski and Matte World Digital.

Matte Painting: The Last Samurai


Pandora After dark, a digital matte painting that received a Golden Award and 2nd place in a pre-release competition hosted by

Avatar, Matte Painting


Matte Painting in 300

300 - Matte Painting

Star Wars

Star Wars Episode III, Matte Painting

Matte Painting, Eragon

The Lord of the Ring

The Lord of the Ring Matte Painting

Matte Painting, The Lord of the Ring

Superman Returns

Superman Returns, Matte Painting

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland, Matte Painting

Dare Devil

Dare Devil, Matte Painting

The Chronicles of Reddick

The Chronicles of Reddick, Matte Painting

Journey to Mecca

Journey to Mecca, Matte Painting

The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass, Matte Painting

The Golden Compass

Sin City

Sin City, Matte Painting

Before and After Matte Painting Visual Effects

See below matte paintings with their original images. These pictures would help you to understand more that what are matte paintings and how film makers use them in their films.

Wind in Willows

Wind in Willos, Car Shop

Wind in Willows, Nenuphars Lake Matte Painting

Wind in Willows, Train Chasing

Wind in Willows, Toad Hall

Prison Exterior, Matte Painting


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  • Nehashah

    wow…really amazing what technology and creativity can achieve…thks for the info

  • Pasquale

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    • The Design Work

      We appreciate your interest in our post. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • thameem

    wow aweasome,

  • Oil Paintings

    Absolutely gorgeous work!