ADD CONTEXT AND NUANCE
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.