View Full Version : ...what is a matte?

04 April 2006, 04:46 PM
i have been coming across this word matte in digital photography, art and motion pictures...can someone kindly explain to me what a matte is...

also what is a digital matte and an analogue matte....

thank you very much....


04 April 2006, 08:28 PM
hmmm. . .

04 April 2006, 12:48 AM
A matte is simply a photographic plate that has a secion of it cut out i.e. matted out. Once that section is removed other things can be replaced over or under it to create an effect impossible or prohibitively expensive in a traditional live action setting. Or in the case of a good digital matte painter, prohibitively expensive to model in 3D.


04 April 2006, 01:01 PM
Or, if you use google image search, you quickly find this, as the number one image:
a little off topic but hey, if all mattes were like this the job would be much better :-). <--- that's a practical answer to your question.


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