Blend textures in Photoshop

Max Spencer demonstrates how to put a unique spin on your illustrations using textures, lighting effects and traditional media.

It's always nice to get away from the computer screen from time to time. In this project, I take you on a journey from digital to print and back again, walking you through the process of creating textures and other effects to add a hand-finished feel to your work.

Combining traditional techniques with digital processes is an effective way of preventing your illustration becoming stale, and a great way to inject some playfulness back in to your workflow. The nice thing about the process is that, over time, you begin to build a huge library of stock images that you can dip in and out of, saving a lot of precious time and money, which is especially useful when you have a tight deadline and budget to meet.

In this tutorial we get messy with textures and experimental with lighting, as I show you a few techniques that I use to add depth to my work. I then touch on how you can create unique prints from your digital illustrations.

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