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5.2 Final Touches

In this lesson, you will learn how to add the final touches to your moon render in Photoshop so that it is ready to be presented in your projects.

5.2 Final Touches

Hi everyone and welcome back to create a Low Poly Moon with Cinema 4D. In this lesson, we'll add the final touches to our Low Poly Moon illustration. Okay, let's go ahead and finish this illustration off. So I'm going to highlight all three layers here. And let's go ahead and make this a little bit smaller, just to give the illustration a little bit more space around the frame. So let's go ahead and put it down to about, let's say 85%. And we're going to add a little bit more contrast to this moon. So I'm going to duplicate this layer, and I'm going to set that layer to screen. And let's go ahead and move the opacity down slightly, it's about 50%. And I want to go ahead and go to adjustments. And let's go to hue saturation and bring the lightness up a bit. So I'm going to bring the lightness up to about 35%, and bring the opacity back down slightly. So, excellent. Next, we are going to add a layer below the moon layer, just below the moon layer. And let's call this Background Glow, and we're gonna choose a nice purple color here. So I've chosen this particular color, and we're going to take the brush. And make sure that the hardness is set to 0%, so nice, round, soft brush. And we're just going to put it anywhere in the screen, like so. If I use the move tool, you'll see that we've got this sort of glow here that we can add behind our moon. So I'm just going to press Ctrl+T to transform. I'm going to make it quite big so that we can see it just behind our moon here, like so. Apply the transformation and maybe just make it slightly smaller. Let's make it smaller by, yeah, 85%. I'm gonna bring the opacity of this down slightly as well to about 80%, too. Excellent. Now the next thing we're going to do here is we're going to add a slight light glow to the top right of our moon. So let's go ahead and select a nice white, a bright white. I do the same thing again, just to create a layer just above our light layer here like so. Let's call this light glow. Just click anywhere on the screen and we're going to press Ctrl+T To manipulate it. So let's make it thinner, turn it around, Just sort of making it go around the general shape of our moon, or the general sort of roundness of our moon here like so. And once we're happy with the positioning, click Apply. We're going to set this layer to screen and we're going to set the opacity down to about 35. Now this section here's a little bit to dark, I find. So let's go ahead and make that bit lighter. So I'm going to duplicate our moon copy layer, which is the screen layer. And let's go ahead and use our soft eraser and erase the bits that are too bright. I'm just going to lighten the moon slightly on the bottom part where the shadow is. And we can make up a shadow. Adjust the shadow slightly as well. Cool, now, we can also go ahead and adjust the background light. So let's go ahead and create another layer, call it background light. And again, just choosing the soft round brush, I'm going to dab it on anywhere. I'm just gonna move it to the top right-hand corner of the screen, make it fairly big. And then apply the transformation, and again just lowering the opacity down. And it sort of makes it look like there's a lot of light, a lot of glow coming up from the top right of our screen. Now, the next thing that I want to do from here is to duplicate the stars group. So let's duplicate the stars group. And we can add more stars to our illustration by applying a transformation. And let's go ahead and right click on the transformation, flip horizontal and now you can sorta just move the stars anywhere on the screen. And I'm going to right click and merge this group. I'm going to create a screen layer again. I just want to go ahead and create more stars on the screen like so, just fill up our illustration. So duplicating that layer, that screen layer, and moving the stars around just to populate our illustration. Like so, and then once you're happy with that, just merging these layers and then setting that screen again. And we can go ahead and blur these stars again, just blur these stars slightly. I'm just going to, Set that to 275, so I'm just gonna apply a transformation and make these stars slightly smaller. And you can go ahead and duplicate this layer again. And just keep populating our illustration like so. And then once you're happy with the stars, what we're going to do from here is we're going to highlight all of our layers, like so. Including the lighting layers, and we're going to right click. We're going to duplicate all the layers. And then with all these layers still highlighted, let's go ahead and right click and merge these layers like such. So now we've got the illustration on our top most layer. Okay, now that we've got our new top layer here, what we want to do from there is go to filter, noise and add noise. And we're going to add some noise we're going to put the amount down a lot more. Let's play about with uniform. Just play about with the slider here, and we just want to add a little bit of noise to merge the whole illustration together. So something like 2%, or let's go ahead with 3% or something in the middle, 2.5. And yeah, that looks about right, so click OK. And there we have it, our full low poly moon illustration. And with that, we've come to the conclusion of the low poly moon course. In the next lesson, we'll have a brief overview of what we've learned throughout the course and how we can use these skills and techniques to create other illustrations. See you all there.

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