Get­ting flashy

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Here’s where I chan­nel my in­ner JJ Abrams with some lens flares and ex­tra light­ing. I don’t have a set ap­proach for this one. It’s usu­ally just play­ing around with dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the back­ground un­til I find some­thing that works for me. I gen­er­ally stick to my Air­brush to sim­u­late depth of field. For some fi­nal touches, I add dust par­ti­cles and mo­tion blurred cig­a­rette smoke.

On the home stretch

Here’s where I start mak­ing some fi­nal colour ad­just­ments. I open up a new Curves Ad­just­ment layer and brighten the art­work up a bit. I also merge the lay­ers of my char­ac­ter and con­vert this into a smart ob­ject. Now I can blur my char­ac­ter (Fil­ter>Blur> Gaus­sian Blur) and mask out ar­eas that I want to keep in fo­cus. He’s look­ing pretty cool so I’m done!.

Oc­to­ber 2015

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