Set­ting the stage

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The star­ship takes cen­tre stage in my com­po­si­tion, so ground­ing it in the en­vi­ron­ment is key at this point. I fo­cus on get­ting the shad­ows and light­ing on the 3D model to fit the en­vi­ron­ment. I tog­gle through a few lay­ers that I ex­ported from SketchUp to paint in the shad­ows more ap­pro­pri­ately us­ing layer masks. I switch be­tween paint­ing in black and white to add and erase out what I want.

Colour layer blend­ing modes

Once the shad­ows are in place, I paint a solid colour on to the star­ship and tog­gle through the layer blend­ing modes to get it to fit in the en­vi­ron­ment. In this case I use a Hard Light layer, which I use quite of­ten. This gives the layer a nice uni­form colour glaze over the layer. To con­trol con­trast I paint a gra­di­ent set on Darken and then ad­just the lev­els.

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