Or­gan­is­ing el­e­ments in the scene

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I sep­a­rate the back-, mid- and fore­ground el­e­ments on to in­di­vid­ual lay­ers us­ing the Lasso tool and copy/past­ing the se­lec­tion. This not only stream­lines the work for me, but if the art di­rec­tor de­cides to move or scale any of these el­e­ments, then it’s easy to do so with­out dis­rupt­ing the oth­ers or need­ing a lot of re­paint to fill in gaps. Be­cause of the small amount of mid- and back­ground in this im­age, I de­cide to group those two el­e­ments to­gether and only sep­a­rate out the fore­ground char­ac­ter.

Colour­ing the back­ground

I wash some neon colours on the back­ground on a Color layer. Darken lay­ers help to tone down some of the brighter ar­eas and pro­duce more sat­u­ra­tion, while Color Dodge lay­ers amp up the light sources. I want to give the im­pres­sion of a busy dance floor, as well as sup­port­ing the shape of the main char­ac­ter. I also avoid de­sign el­e­ments that will give Noise a strange sil­hou­ette.

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