Ed Lopez
I was born in Mexico City, worked and studied photography at Eastman Kodak while training in minilab management and traditional darkroom techniques. Now I am steadily growing in the freelance world on matte painting, digital art/illustration and even some 3d modeling.
  • Design & Illustration
    Create an Ancient Temple Entrance Carved in RockDesign and illustration
    We’ve all been there. We need to create a specific scene in Photoshop but we can’t find the proper stock photography to create it. Why not paint it instead? In today’s tutorial we will demonstrate how to create an ancient Egyptian temple entrance that’s been carved out of the side of a fantasy canyon.Read More…
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    Matte Painting 101: Basic Extraction and Composition TechniquesPreview
    Matte painting is a technique that filmmakers use to create backgrounds for scenes that can't or don't exist in real life. In the early days, matte paintings were actually painted onto glass. Today, modern filmmakers use digital applications such as Photoshop to produce the backdrops that they need. We have published many matte painting tutorials on this site meant for intermediate and advanced users. This tutorial is part of a series of tutorials that we will be publishing on this meant for those of you who may be relatively new to Photoshop or matte painting in general. Read More…
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    Create a Herd of Grazing Dinosaurs in PhotoshopDesign and illustration
    Just about everyone remembers that scene from Jurassic Park when the characters in the movie come across herds of dinosaurs grazing in a grassy field. In this premium tutorial by author Ed Lopez we will demonstrate how to create a scene filled with Jurassic era dinosaurs including a Brachiosaurus, one of the largest animals to ever exist.Read More…
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    The Cosmos: Create a Green Planet, a Setting Sun, and a Space Ship in PhotoshopPreview
    Our universe is vast. So vast, in fact, that astronomers don’t measure its size in meters or miles but by explaining how long it would take to travel a certain distance at the speed of light. Light travels approximately 186,282 miles per second. This means that in a one year a person traveling at the speed of light would travel about 6 trillion miles. In today’s tutorial, we will be concluding our cosmos series by demonstrating how to create a green planet, a setting sun, and a space ship which has traveled several million light years in Photoshop. Read More…
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    Create an Underground City in PhotoshopDesign and illustration
    In movies, filmmakers often use matte paintings when the backdrop of a scene can't or doesn't exist in real life. In this tutorial we will demonstrate some advanced matte painting techniques by creating an underground cave city with Photoshop.Read More…
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    Create a Snow Covered, Coastal, Mountain Town Matte PaintingDesign and illustration
    A matte painting is a backdrop that filmmakers use when the scene they need doesn’t or can’t exist in real life. In the past, they were created by actually painting a scene on a canvas. Today, they are created digitally by combining photographs to produce the scene that they need.Read More…
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    The Cosmos: Create a Spiral GalaxyPreview
    A galaxy is a massive collection of stars, stellar remains, gas, dust, and planets. Galaxies can contain as few as 10 million stars, or as many as 100 trillion. Astronomers believe that there are about 170 billion galaxies in our universe, each varying in shape from spiral, elliptical, to irregular. In today’s tutorial, we will demonstrate how to create a spiral galaxy of your own and will depict a fleet of ships making its way through the universe to find a new home.Read More…
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    The Cosmos: Create a Supernova and a Ringed Planet in PhotoshopNova preview
    When stars die, they explode in a brilliant burst of light that releases more energy than our sun releases in its lifetime. This brilliant burst of light is so bright that for a brief moment can outshine an entire galaxy. Supernovas occur in our galaxy about once every 50 years. Put another way, somewhere in the universe, a star explodes every second. This is important because the left over debris from these explosions eventually become planets, moons, air, water, and even life itself. Today’s tutorial will demonstrate how to create a supernova that is about to devastate an entire solar system. Our scene will depict a ringed planet and a fleet of ships struggling to get out of the way in time.Read More…
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    The Cosmos: Create a Red Giant Star in PhotoshopSun%20preview
    When a star like our own reaches the end of its life, it begins to run out of hydrogen fuel in its core. Like a car running out of gas, it will begin to sputter, swelling to a size that could encompass every planet in our solar system out to Mars. When this happens, the sun will swallow the Earth and will spell certain doom for all life on our planet. Today's tutorial is part of a 4-part series depicting the journey of the inhabitance of a dying world that must travel into the unknown to find a new world to call home. In this series, we will explore the cosmos from the perspective of this fictional civilization making their way through the universe and will demonstrate the techniques that you can use in Photoshop to depict your own cosmic scenery. In addition to written content, this tutorial also includes about an hour of video instruction to help you along the way. So what are you waiting for? Let's get started!Read More…
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    Create an Exploding Moon Orbiting a Gas Giant in PhotoshopDesign and illustration
    Exploding planets are a staple of just about every popular science fiction television show or movie, but did you know that you don't need your own special effects department to create these types of effects on your own? In fact, all you need is Photoshop.Read More…
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    Create a Futuristic, Fantasy Matte PaintingDesign and illustration
    Matte painters often take several photos and combine them with 3D elements to create futuristic or fantasy scenes for movies, film, or video games. In this tutorial, we will demonstrate how to render objects in Cinema 4D and then combine them with stock photos to create a really nice scene in Photoshop.Read More…