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Figure 5.26 The leg of the sleepwalker is lightened to give it more dimension, a mousetrap is painted on a new layer right in front of the character, and mouse eyes are painted in the mouse hole.

Just two more steps and the painting will be finished. To be safe, we'll apply the last two steps to a clone of the image. I do this because I want to keep the original layered image intact just in case any changes or revisions need to be made in the future.

1. Clone the image. You can save and close the original. You don't need it anymore.

2. Using the Apply Surface Texture effect in the Effects > Surface Control menu, apply a subtle texture over the whole image. Use the paper texture we've been using all along with the Variable Chalk brush, but make the following changes to the default settings in the Apply Surface Texture options box:

Eliminating shine is an obvious option because the surface does not need to look wet or shiny. Lowering the Amount enhances the painted strokes instead of overpowering them, as would have happened at 100%.

The whole image now looks like it was painted with some sort of pastel tool on a sheet of textured paper (Figure 5.27).

Figure 5.27 A close-up of the painting shows the subtle surface texture that was applied to the whole image.

The final step is to apply a lighting effect one last time.

3. Select Apply Lighting from the Effects > Surface control menu with the default lighting scheme Warm Globe.

4. Click the OK button in the Apply Lighting box to apply the effect. The overall tone of the painting is lowered slightly, and the colors are subdued. This last effect is perfect to finish off the painting (Figure 5.28).

Figure 5.28 The finished painting with the lighting effect applied

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