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Next I fo­cused on the back­ground. The app has some new style tools that make it easy to make rec­tan­gu­lar shapes. By us­ing the line tool, I made win­dows in the back­ground. Us­ing the fill tool, I quickly colored in the walls and then placed a blue lin­ear gra­di­ent to rep­re­sent the sky. Af­ter find­ing the

out­lined win­dows a bit dis­tract­ing, I went for a sim­pler look. Click­ing back on the wall layer, I turned on lock layer trans­parency, sam­pled the wall color by press­ing and hold­ing on the back­ground color, then quickly made the brown out­lines the same color as the wall.

Next, I brought in a back­ground I cre­ated in an­other app, Pixlr Ex­press (free). I po­si­tioned it above the wall and gra­di­ent and changed the layer from “nor­mal” to “mul­ti­ply” blend­ing mode. This in ef­fect made the solid pic­ture into a trans­parency. The whole back­ground be­came much darker while re­tain­ing its tex­ture.

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