Real-world effects

Everyone seems to be embracing photorealism and heightened reality these days, but if you're a vector character designer or illustrator without 3D modelling skills, how do you compete?

You could skip the techy bit and jump straight in with a real-life photograph. Back in issue 133, we showed you how to add some photographic realism to an illustration. Considering depth of field plays an important role in this exercise, too. The techniques are similar when you add illustrated elements to a photograph, but because the photograph is flat, you will need to create layers from the photo in which to place your own elements.

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