Add a photo tex­ture

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - In Depth Sci-fi Character -

Some­times photographs help me to im­prove ar­eas in a piece that I’m work­ing on. Here I place a pic­ture of a brightly lit car driv­ing on a high­way. I use it on a Lighten layer when my tex­tures have sat­u­rated colours and if my back­ground is dark, such as my dark blue that I’ve cho­sen here. I ad­just my colours us­ing the Color Bal­ance tool un­til I’m happy with them.

Add ef­fects to im­prove def­i­ni­tion

The Halftone Pat­tern fil­ter adds noise to an overly smooth il­lus­tra­tion. I need to make sure that the pat­tern doesn’t con­tain too much con­trast, which would be a prob­lem if the im­age needs to be printed. I also use the Glow­ing Edge fil­ter to ad­just the halftone, and then change to layer mode to Lighten.

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