Ad­just­ing my colours

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - In Depth Colour And Mood -

I re­alise my ini­tial colour choice for the skin shad­ows was far too blue. I use Ctrl+right-click to se­lect the Over­lay layer I painted them on. I use the Color Bal­ance tool in­stead of the Hue slider for smaller ad­just­ments. I open it up and shift the mid-tone slider more to­wards the green of the en­vi­ron­ment. She now feels more set­tled into the jun­gle, rather than pasted on.

Tackle the colour of the re­flec­tion

Her real-world re­flec­tion should have sim­i­lar colours but be sub­dued. I copy the colour lay­ers for her fig­ure and re­po­si­tion them over her re­flec­tion. By mov­ing those lay­ers un­der the trans­par­ent colour layer for the wa­ter, they’re au­to­mat­i­cally ad­justed. When you’re paint­ing a lot of coloured light or trans­parency, good layer man­age­ment be­comes re­ally use­ful.

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