Value check­ing and mir­ror­ing

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I of­ten flip the can­vas to check com­po­si­tion. A good com­po­si­tion should work mir­rored (and even up­side down). Dur­ing this stage, I check the black and white val­ues by adding a layer on top of the layer stack and set­ting its prop­er­ties to Sat­u­ra­tion. Then I fill this layer with solid black. Now I sim­ply turn on/off the layer to check black and white val­ues. The com­mon value bal­ance is darker for fore­ground, mid for mid-ground and lighter for back­ground (some­times re­ferred to as at­mo­spheric per­spec­tive).

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