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How I Made: Alternate Ending

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How I Made, by Mark White
August 1, 2016

Discover how Matheus Lopes made this incredible illustration


1. Concept sketch


I made a basic sketch in photoshop using the hard brush, to get a glimpse of the composition and to know where to trace the lines in Illustrator.

2. Draw the lines


I imported the sketch to Illustrator, changed its opacity to 30%, locked the layer and started drawing the lines using both the pen tool and the Brush tool.

3. Add some colour


With the lines done, it’s time to colour the shapes formed by the lines. select all, hit K for the Live paint tool, and simply click on the areas. I don’t worry about the combination of colours now, I’ll be able to change this later in photoshop.

4. Group the colours


I decompose the layer where I used Live Paint, ungrouped it twice, deleted (or hid) the lines, and started grouping (Cmd/Ctrl+G) shapes with the same colour, and put each group on a different layer.

5. Export to Photoshop


Now I go to File>Export>Photoshop and choose either CMYK or grayscale, 300 dpi, mark Write Layers with all boxes checked and hit OK.

6. Use the clipping mask


Once the file is in Photoshop, each group of colours is on a different layer. I imported a custom watercolour texture into the file, put the texture above the layer, held Alt and waited for the icon to appear. I click and the texture will be clipped in the shape of the layer below. I repeat the process with the other layers until they’re all filled with the textures.

7. More colours


I start playing around with colours in many ways. The way I like most is selecting a layer and hitting Cmd/Ctrl+U to go to Hue/Saturation. I change values without too much thinking, this phase is experimental and will make you go back and forth until you find the right tones.

8. Add the details


Once everything is done, I add some details to enhance the image. On this one I added a paper texture by simply putting it above all layers and changing the blending mode to Multiply. I also added a splatter texture below all layers and that’s it!