Now it’s time for some contrast and glow to really make the image pop. Turn on ‘slime 2’ and double-click to open the Layer Style palette. Again, in Advanced Blending drag the Fill Opacity slider to 0, then copy the layer style settings here.
To give the image further depth we need to add a drop shadow. Turn on the ‘slime 1’ layer and open the Layer Style palette. As before, set the Fill Opacity to 0, and copy the settings as shown in the screen shot.
Select all five slime layers and press Cmd/Ctrl + Alt/Opt + E to merge them into a new layer. Hide the previous slime layers so that you can access them later, then get stuck into the embellishment: this is your chance to go wild and make this image you own. Here, I used the Airbrush (B) to add some highlights, then I created a sparkle with an airbrush and copy and pasted it. The bubbles and drips were copied and pasted the top of the ‘i’ and bottom of the ‘m’. Finally I airbrushed brushed a little bit of purple into the background.
Who: US-based illustrator Tabor Robak’s work is heavily influenced by the hyperreality that he sees as his cultural heritage – “a vibrant world created by Hollywood special effects, video games, and music videos where everything is idealised and excessive,” he says.
Software: Adobe Photoshop
On the CD or download: Files for this tutorial can be found on the cover CD or downloaded here
Time to complete: 1 hour