The latest version features AI sky masking, multi-resolution RAW format, and over 170 50k sequenced 360° HDRIs.
The first and probably most useful feature is the multi-resolution RAW format. From now on, you can download every image on MattePaint available in RAW at multiple resolutions in the new DNG format. It allows you to alter your exposure, adjust white balance and color profile, and more in Photoshop.
You can also choose between the RAW and EXR format in the new version of MattePaint. You can take the 32-bit linear sRGB EXR files directly to your preferred 3D software to continue working on them.
Default AI sky masking is another feature that is going to accelerate your creative process. As MattePaint team explains, with this tool they "have tapped into the technology to auto-magically create alpha's of sky areas for the entire MattePaint library." You can download the images as pre-masked PNG files at full resolution and use them for the initial blocking stages of your project.
In MattePaint 4.0, there are more than 170 50K sequenced 360° HDRIs available for download. The HDRIs were captured at intervals of up to 120 seconds. These sequences will help artists to achieve exceptional lighting quality in their projects.
"We went searching for a spot to call ours and we found an incredible location. Elevated above its surroundings and almost completely unobscured," shares the MattePaint team in the official press release.
The main features of the HDRIs are unobstructed views, sun-mask layer for easy adjustment, unclipped sunlight, 2K to 50K resolution, internal meta-data for frame number, luminance value, elevation, and more. The entire HDRI library is available for download at 2K and is free to use.