Creat­ing my fi­nal en­vi­ron­ment il­lus­tra­tion

Olly ex­plains how, once he’s fi­nalised his de­sign con­cept, he’s able to show­case the en­tire area as an il­lus­tra­tion

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I mport the 3D model

Af­ter merg­ing the 3D ar­eas, I can eas­ily cre­ate quick thumb­nails to paint an il­lus­tra­tion over. Af­ter se­lect­ing one of them, I take it into Pho­to­shop and start to im­me­di­ately tweak colours and re­move edges with some blur­ring. I need to unify big ar­eas and re­move the ex­ces­sive de­tails that make things look com­puter-gen­er­ated.

S et­ting the scene

I find some scenery pho­tos that fit the re­quired mood and place them be­hind the ren­der to quickly get a uni­fied ‘full pic­ture’ to bet­ter paint over. I use Hard Light blend­ing lay­ers to tweak the colours and add fog, as well as Soft Light lay­ers to punch some soft warm or­ange to the cen­tre.

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