10. Final adjustments




[1] Adjusting the details

■1. Adjusting line color


I changed the color of the line art.

Making a layer above the “line color” layer, I clipped it and changed the line art’s colors to match the surrounding colors.




■2. Details and highlights


I made a layer with lower opacity above line drawing and drew a cloud with [Darker pencil].


I added the highlights to the hair with [Darker pencil] while checking the overall balance.


Since I was concerned about the empty space around the upper left of the screen, I reused the plant line art.


I scattered cherry patterns in the background.


I added highlights of white droplets with [Darker pencil] over the whole illustration.


Now I’ve finished all of the main painting steps.


The layers currently look like this.


[2] Overall color adjustment

After combining all the layers, I adjusted the colors using [Edit] menu → [Tonal Correction] → [Color balance].


I usually move the bars closer to red, magenta, and yellow.


Finally, I made a new layer and added the layer effect [Border of watercolor] to create some smudges.

People sometime ask me why I do this, and it’s because my works tend to be flat. By doing this, I think I am adding an organic feel to the image.


The illustration is complete after I merged the smudged image.


Finished illustration



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