Re­fin­ing the back­ground

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I add clouds in the dis­tance to push the scale even more and add colour vari­a­tion to com­ple­ment the ship. I also tie ev­ery­thing to­gether with an over­all colour adjustment. For this I use Adjustment Layer> Gra­di­ent Map set to Soft Light and on a low Opac­ity. Gra­di­ent Map lay­ers are a great way to tweak colour be­cause they af­fect the whole pic­ture based on its value struc­ture.

March 2015

Weath­er­ing pass

This ve­hi­cle looks too new: I want it to look like it’s seen some ac­tion. So I du­pli­cate the ship’s layer and lighten it with Ad­just­ments>Lev­els. Then I ap­ply a layer mask to it and in­vert the layer mask so the layer be­comes in­vis­i­ble. Now I can paint small scratches with a paint­ing brush. This is a step where you can ex­per­i­ment and have fun, so take your time.

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