Step 15 Repeat the above with a smaller size brush. This is very simple yet effective and is a great brush for adding depth to an image. A lot of effects like this are very easy to apply, but add so much to the design.

Step 16 So you’ve added everything now and it’s looking great, but you want the image to pop just that little bit more. You may be thinking that the colours could be brighter or some don’t work at all. In this case, navigate to the Adjustment Layer panel and at the top of your stack, add a Selective Color layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Selective Color).

Step 17 Set the Selective Color layer to work on all the layers beneath it. This allows you to alter each colour in your design easily – go through all the options and adjust them until you get the look you want. Then you’re done. Export and send the image to everyone you know (including me), upload it to a website, or send it in to Digital Arts.

Tom Starley

Who:  “Art has always been my thing,” says Tom Starley, from Stratford, Warwickshire. “I’ve always loved mixing creative thinking with modern technology.” The 25-year-old graphic and web designer runs his own business besides taking on freelance jobs for a range of companies, having been self-employed for six years. In his work, the tech-savvy designer likes to play with different styles, amalgamating them and pushing boundaries with shapes and composition.
Software: Photoshop CS4/5, Illustrator CS4/5
Time to complete: 30 minutes

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