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!.