6. Finishing Touches



Finally, I’ll add finishing touches and make some slight adjustments.

[1] Overall color adjustment

To create a sense of unity throughout the illustration, I create an [Overlay] layer filled with blue, lower the opacity to about 10% and place it at the top of the layers.

I also create another [Tone Curve] layer to make the whole piece slightly darker and add a little blue.

I decided to increase the saturation a little, so I’ll make another tonal correction layer above that.

I select the [Layer] menu > [New Correction Layer] > [Hue/Saturation/Luminosity].

I gradually adjust the hue, saturation, and luminosity while looking at the illustration.

When I’ve finished, I click OK.

[2] Details & adjustments

Finally, I’ll adjust some details that are bothering me.

I’ll adjust some parts by cutting and pasting, so I flatten the image to make it easier to edit.

Note: First, I make sure to save a copy of the data just in case.

I’ll create new layers on top to adjust the details.

As I paint, I’ll also edit some parts by copying and pasting.

■ 1. Adjusting the eyes

I want to adjust the direction of the gaze of the character on the left, so I select the irises with the [Polyline] tool and copy and paste the enclosed area.

I move the pasted area with the [Move layer] tool, then paint around the border of the part I just moved.

I’ll also adjust the eyelids. I select this part with the [Polyline] tool and copy and paste the enclosed area like with the irises.

To change the shape of the pasted area, I select [Edit] menu > [Transform] > [Mesh Transformation].

A mesh grid appears over the selected part. I move the intersections of the grid to adjust the shape of the selection.

Once I’ve finished, I press the Enter key to confirm the changes.

After transforming the shape, I use the “No color mixing (blur)” brush that I set up in part 1 to make it blend in.

▲ Before and after transforming the eyelid

▼ Part 1 is here.


■ 2. Adjusting the cup

I want to change the angle of the cup lids, so I copy and paste these and transform using the [Edit] menu > [Transform] > [Free Transform].

Unlike the mesh transformation tool, this method creates a rectangle around the selected area. I drag the squares on the transform rectangle to adjust the shape.

I repeat this step a few times to adjust the cup lids in detail.

■ 3. Moving the characters

The composition felt slightly lopsided to the left, so I encircle the characters with the [Polyline] tool, then copy and paste the selection and move the characters to the right with the move tool.

I make a new layer and use brush tools to add the parts of the background that were hidden by the characters.

■ 4. Painting details on small objects

I felt that the food in the foreground was lacking detail, so I create a new [Multiply] layer to paint some patterns on the hamburger packaging and other details.

When necessary, I create another [Normal] layer on top of this to blend the color in.

I repeat the process of selecting, copying, and transforming any other parts that bother me and adding some final small details, then I’m done.


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