Un­der­stand re­flec­tions

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There’s a lot of sci­ence be­hind re­flec­tions. How­ever, here’s a quick tip. As a sur­face be­comes tan­gent to the viewer’s eye an­gle, the sur­face be­comes more re­flec­tive. This is true for both matte and re­flec­tive sur­faces. You can test this your­self by look­ing at your stu­dio ta­ble. If you stare straight down, the sur­face is most likely semi-matte. Now lower your eye un­til you’re par­al­lel to the sur­face. You should see the ta­ble be­come a lot more re­flec­tive. I mir­ror check the com­pleted piece one last time, to en­sure that I’m happy with the com­po­si­tion. I also use a bit of Color Bal­ance to ad­just and make the over­all pal­ette uni­form. And then I call the paint­ing fin­ished!

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