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4.7 Final Touches

Continue experimenting with the color and composition. Play on depth of field by adding a slight blur, and finalize your painting with an adjustment layer of Curves for intensity.

4.7 Final Touches

Hello and welcome back to Surreal Digital Paintings. My name is Melody Nievez, and this is the final lesson of chapter four. Congratulations for making it this far. Many people shy away from getting into digital painting because they see it as this long grueling process. As someone who has been there before, I completely understand the feeling. But whether you're just watching these videos as a quick refresher, trying to pick up some new techniques, or following along as best as you can, just know that you are doing the right thing. You will eventually see progress even if it's slow and steady. Just in case you're wondering, I completed this painting over the course of three days. With all the details and revisions, I consider this a personal accomplishment for me. The amount of time it takes you to complete a painting depends on how much you've been putting into honing your craft. It changes from person to person, but I believe you can make incredible progress if you become exceptionally familiar with the software. After working so hard to make the details in this painting so nice and crisp it probably seems weird to add a blur to it. But the reason why I'm going to do so is because it'll make the painting seem more lifelike. In order to apply a filter to this painting, I'll have to merge all the layers together first. If you're worried about losing your work, feel free to save before this step in a new file. Hit control J to create a copy of the painting. With a duplicate selected go to filter, blur gallery, tilt shift. Tilt shift allows you to apply a blur to the edges of this painting. It really comes in handy when you wanna make it seem like your details are moving and therefore causing the scene to blur. You'll see artist do this when there are flowers falling or other objects moving in the foreground section of their work. To make sure you don't lose any of the crisp detail from the center, pull the solid lines apart so that the blur is only at the very edges of the painting. Keep the settings for the blur at 15 pixels with 0% distortion and hit OK. Now the painting has more movement to it, especially on its left side. But because we've added this tilt shift, the foreground elements are blurred a little more than I would prefer. This is why it's so important to keep the original painting on a layer underneath. Simply select the eraser tool and erase away parts of the painting that you don't want blurred. Because the clean version is underneath, you'll have more control for which elements get distorted. I definitely want the lotus flower to be in focus so that's where I concentrate the eraser brush. Personally my paintings are incomplete without the overwhelming need for just one adjustment layer. Yes you probably guessed it. We'll add one more adjustment layer for curves. Intensify the lighting one last time by adjusting the curves for the RGP blue and green channels. The ultimate goal here is to create more magenta undertones. Here is the completed painting. Remember what it looked like before when I originally thought it was done? Here is a quick comparison to what it looks like now. Pretty shocking, right? This result alone is the reason why it's so important to give yourself enough room to explore your options. A little more patience means that your work can look ten times better than ever before. I hope you've enjoyed following along and creating a beautiful surreal digital painting. This piece has allowed me to explore my feelings on events that are happening on the other side of the world. It also allows me to create dialog and share a unique perspective with others. I know you have so many stories within you too. So give your work the opportunity to tell them for you. This concludes the end of this painting and the final lesson for chapter four. But join me in chapter five where we'll go over a recap of everything we've learned.

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