Set­ting the scene at sunset

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The im­age could ben­e­fit from more con­trast and darker colours, so I cre­ate another Mul­ti­ply layer to add some warmer shad­ows. I also use the erased parts of my shadow layer as a se­lec­tion to fill in a dark brown colour on Lin­ear Dodge (Add). That gives it a sunset feel­ing. I add a gra­di­ent from bot­tom to the top, which makes the dress darker and in­creases fo­cus on her hair.

Septem­ber 2015

Merg­ing the lay­ers

Once I’m happy with my colours I merge my shadow and light ad­just­ments, plus the out­lines, with the three lay­ers from ear­lier. Now the ren­der­ing starts! Since my light­ing scheme is al­ready in place, all I need to do is to tighten up and add more de­tail. I also in­tro­duce more painterly brush­strokes, be­cause I want to make it look like an ac­tual paint­ing.

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