A consistent look
I usually take hours, even days, before declaring a single element finished. When you spend this amount of time with your attention focused on a small bit of the design, often the colours and tones don’t match your original ideas. So I create a series of layer adjustments in a group named “Post-Production” above the final painting. Color Balance, Gradient Map, Textures and Noises help put everything under the same light and equalise the contrast. It also ensures I can apply further adjustments with ease.