4.Touching Up the Wings



Add more layers to give the wings a luster.

Preparing the Layers

1 While the "Wings" layer is selected on the [Layer] palette, click [Create New Raster Layer] twice.

Two new raster layers are created.

2 Double click the layer name of each layer you have created and change the layer names to "Wings: Shadow" and "Wings: Light".

With the working process in mind, change the stacking order of the layers to "Wings: Shadow" → "Wings: Light" → "Wings" (top to bottom). In this example, we will start the touchup process from the lower layer.

3 On the [Layer] palette, select the "Wings: Shadow" layer. Change the [Blending mode] of the layer to [Multiply] and click [Clip at Layer Below].

4 On the [Layer] palette, select the "Wings: Light" layer. Change the [Blending mode] of the layer to [Screen] and click [Clip at Layer Below].

5 Select the "Wings" layer on the [Layer] palette and click [Lock Transparent Pixel].

Creating Color Divisions in the Ground Color

Add light and dark areas, paying attention to the shadow areas and giving the parts depth. Add a slightly different hue to areas with solid color to give these areas depth.

1 Select the [Refer other layers] sub tool of the [Fill] tool and fill in the larger areas of the wing pattern in various colors. Use mainly blue.

2 Draw the fine areas using sub tools such as the [Opaque watercolor] sub tool of the [Brush] tool.

Touch up these areas so that the shadow areas and the center of each part are darker.

Create a gradient with slightly differing colors, fading to a light blue at the tips of the wings.

3 When you have finished filling the ground colors of the wing pattern, show the hidden "Highlight" layer on the [Layer] palette.


In this example, the highlight is drawn first. If adding texture as shown on the next page, you can create effective highlights by drawing and adjusting the highlights according to the texture.

Touching Up to Add Texture

To add transparency or luster, emphasize the variance between dark and light colors using a sub tool such as the [Soft] sub tool of the [Airbrush] tool.

1 On the [Layer] palette, select the "Wings: Light" layer and add color to emphasize the light around the parts.

2 Select the "Wings: Shadow" layer and add a darker color near the highlights for even greater contrast.

A greater contrast between the light and dark areas gives the material a greater luster.

3 Repeat these steps to add texture to the wings.

Add to the "Wings: Light" layer to make an area lighter or add to the "Wings: Shadow" layer to make an area darker.

Adding a Pattern

Use the [Droplet] sub tool of the [Airbrush] tool to create a random pattern on the wings.


In addition to the [Droplet] sub tool of the [Airbrush] tool, various other brushes such as the [Decoration] tool can be used to draw various patterns.

1 Select the [Airbrush] tool on the [Tool] palette and select [Droplet] on the [Sub tool] palette.

Using the initial setting of [Droplet] allows you to randomly distribute uneven drops. In this example, we will change the settings for the pattern of the wings.

2 Adjust the [Brush Size] and [Particle size] on the [Tool Property] palette.

The [Brush Size] determines the area in which the droplets will be distributed and the [Particle size] determines the size of each droplet.

3 Draw the pattern of the wings, adjusting the [Brush Size] and [Particle size]. Draw the light areas on the "Wings: Light" layer and the dark areas on the "Wings: Shadow" layer.

4 Touchup of the wing texture is now complete.



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