Shrink the char­ac­ter

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Af­ter look­ing at the im­age I re­alise that the paint­ing might feel more epic if the fore­ground char­ac­ter was smaller, to make the cliff and tree feel big­ger. So I change the lit­tle ninja guy. I also tighten a lot of the lines and add some rim lights of sun peak­ing on the far peaks. I then in­tro­duce a lot more de­tail to the tree leaves and fore­ground hill.

Add bloom

I cre­ate a layer and set it to Lin­ear Dodge (Add) mode. I then make a large Soft brush with the Flow set­ting set very low. As I paint it bright­ens the im­age and adds sat­u­ra­tion where I want it. I can use it to add warm glow and bloom around the sun­light’s bright­est area in the clouds and a bit more cool at­mos­phere, too. It’s also a nice way to achieve sub­tle colour vari­a­tions.

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