Make use of high­lights

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I cre­ate a new top layer and call it High­lights. It’s time to shift back to the lit ar­eas. (I jump from shadow to light and back again to keep ev­ery­thing bal­anced.) I se­lect the Color Picker, grab some di­rect light colour and brighten the colour up sig­nif­i­cantly. Then I paint ar­eas that re­quire a bright high­light. I also start adding rim light­ing and some deeper shad­ows.

Christ­mas 2014

An au­tum­nal back­ground

Next, I cre­ate a layer un­der­neath all lay­ers and name it Back­ground. Us­ing a nat­u­ral brush I very quickly start lay­ing in some au­tum­nal colours to com­ple­ment the greens of the creature. I treat it loose and ab­stract, and use darker val­ues to en­sure that the creature pops from the back­ground. I then click Fil­ter>Blur> Gaus­sian Blur, and set the blur at 25 pix­els.

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