14 Fi­nal touches and re­siz­ing

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I keep on ren­der­ing un­til I’m happy, turn­ing lay­ers on and off to check that I’m on the right path and not over­work­ing the im­age. I re­serve the fi­nal top layer for blend­ing some parts of the paint­ing and de­tail­ing others. Once I think that I’m done, I usu­ally re­size the im­age – in this case it’s 18 per cent of its orig­i­nal size – then sharpen it so that the de­tails and tex­tures will pop out, and do some colour and con­trast cor­rec­tions. The tools can be found by se­lect­ing Ef­fects> Tonal Con­trol>Bright­ness/Con­trast (press Ctrl+ Shift+B) or Ef­fects>Fo­cus > Sharpen. One fi­nal tip: al­ways keep the orig­i­nal file in case you de­cide to print it.

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