Edge con­trol

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Even with all my work to con­trol things, I feel like the char­ac­ters aren’t pop­ping off the back­ground. So I ap­ply a Zoom Blur (found un­der Ra­dial Blur in the Fil­ters menu) to parts of the back­ground. This makes all the back­ground edges softer, but pre­serves a lot of the en­ergy of the ex­plo­sion.

Warms and cools

I wish my last step had some sparkle or flour­ish, but it’s still about man­ag­ing high-de­tail ar­eas. The de­bris is com­pet­ing with the warm colours of the bird, so I add pur­ple to the smoke and blue-green to the grass, to help that area re­cede. I use a flat­coloured Lu­mi­nos­ity layer to see colour tem­per­a­tures more clearly. It’s the pol­ish the piece needs.

Au­gust 2015

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