Re­fin­ing my de­sign

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Once I have a de­sign I like, I can use the el­e­ments on their own layer, lock the pix­els, and be­gin to ad­just colours and tex­tures. Note, though, that none of the fin­ish­ing steps are worth any­thing un­less my de­sign has some va­lid­ity to be­gin with.

Flat colours

I start by lay­ing in flat colour and ad­just­ing it un­til the over­all ‘read’ and colour value re­la­tion­ships are cor­rect. This takes time, but is im­por­tant to get right. I’m set­ting up my ‘re­al­ism’ in this phase. If I don’t de­pict th­ese re­la­tion­ships cor­rectly, no amount of de­tail will ever make it look real.

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