How can I paint a glow­ing moon be­hind the wing of a fly­ing mon­ster?

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Sue Age, Eng­land


Don replies

For this ques­tion, I imag­ine the wing of a bat. The bat’s arm and elon­gated fin­gers run along the length of the wing, and these are solid ar­eas that light won’t pen­e­trate. In con­trast, any strong light source be­hind the wing’s thin mem­brane will be no­tice­able.

To help me achieve a re­al­is­tic ef­fect, I’ll make use of Pho­to­shop’s layer styles and Opac­ity set­tings. I start by paint­ing a bright cir­cu­lar moon, and then cre­ate a re­al­is­ti­clook­ing glow ef­fect us­ing Gaus­sian Blur, be­fore ad­just­ing the Opac­ity. Us­ing mul­ti­ple lay­ers en­ables me to recre­ate the fad­ing ef­fect of the glow in the night sky.

Next it’s just a mat­ter of show­ing moon­light through the bat’s wings. This is achieved by the log­i­cal use of lay­ers – bear­ing in mind the bat’s arm and fin­gers, which will block the moon’s glow. As a fin­ish­ing touch, I take into ac­count how the mem­brane af­fects the light’s qual­ity.

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