Finishing Touches

The painting is just about complete. The only thing left to do is paint some detail into the small buildings perched on the cliff tops.

At the last moment, I decide that the cliffs and buildings are too dull and do not look like they are being lit in a sunset. This is easy to correct even at this late stage in the painting.

Follow these steps to make the buildings and cliffs more colorful.

1. Duplicate the Cliff layer.

2. With the top Duplicate layer active, select Adjust Colors from the Effects > Tonal Control menu and increase the Saturation setting until the orange color on the buildings is much brighter in the preview window. The blues will also become intense, but that is not a problem. When the saturation is to your liking, click OK.

3. Select the Eraser tool and carefully erase the bright blue shadow areas on the top layer to reveal the underlying cliffs.

4. Be careful as you erase into the transition areas between the bright sunlight and bluish shadows. Leave some of the bright colors found on this edge for visual interest. Figure 2.39 shows a close-up of the transition edge between the orange

sunlit portions of the cliff and the shadows. Note the bright red and purple colors that have been left in some areas.

Save the image again. Now the cliffs and buildings look much more like they are being lit by the setting sun. Figure 2.40 shows the complete painting.

Figure 2.40 The entire painting after the light on the cliffs and buildings has been adjusted

Finally, we will add some small details to the buildings, drop all the layers to the canvas, copy and paste the whole image back onto itself, and add a lighting effect. Because the buildings are so small, there is no need for lots of small details. Create a new layer and, using Dons Brush, create a hint of sideboards, add some windows, paint in a few lightning rods, and add a top surface to the bridge.

When the results are satisfactory, drop all the layers onto the canvas. Figure 2.41 shows the painting with some detail added to the buildings.

Figure 2.41 Some detail has been added to the buildings on top of the cliffs.

3. Select the whole painting, copy it, and paste it back onto itself.

4. Click on the top layer to make it active if it is not already, and select Apply Lighting from the Effects > Surface Control menu. Select the lighting variation Plain Light, and click OK.

5. Reduce the Opacity setting of the layer with the new lighting effect to 30%. Reducing the opacity softens the effect until it adds that small extra touch to the whole painting.

The painting is finally finished (Figure 2.42).

Figure 2.42 The finished painting

Figure 2.42 The finished painting a

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