Use field blur tech­niques

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I want to fur­ther re­duce the im­por­tance of the back­ground fig­ures, so I’ll add a sub­tle blur. First, I du­pli­cate the back­ground and col­lapse it to a sin­gle layer. I don’t want to lose a sense of depth so I use a Field Blur, which en­ables me to place pins on the layer and con­trol the level of blur for each pin. Now I can blur the back­ground to a greater de­gree than the midground dancers. July 2016

The main event

With the back­ground fin­ished, I move on to the main char­ac­ter. I be­gin by us­ing Color and Darken lay­ers to wash in colours and shad­ows, giv­ing my­self a good base to work from. Again, this is an ex­ist­ing char­ac­ter in the An­droid world, so his colour pal­ette has al­ready been es­tab­lished.

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