Creating a classic vibe
I import the image into Photoshop at a size of 4K – the bigger the better, especially if you plan on submitting your work for print reproduction. Geometrical shapes and complementary colours help to focus the eye on the centre of the image. I use a light yellow background and an orange circle, which creates a nice graphical touch that gives the illustration a classic vibe.
Reworking key colours
Using my depth mask I select the front of my subject and copy the selection on to a new layer. I can now change the colour of the back of the characters using the Hue & Saturation tool in Colorize mode. This enables me to blend some of the lessimportant elements, while giving more depth and saturation to the picture.