Step 6: Time to polish up!
Finally I finished things off by flattening all layers and dragging the burn tool around the edges for a stylized look.
Step 7: Save for print and the web.
I always save a high quality version for print first and make lower-res web versions for my blog or social media pages later.
Save under different names so you don’t accidentally overwrite anything.
What happens if you do this wrong?
You’ll be left with just one version of your design. If your file gets corrupted, you’ll have to start all over again from scratch.
If you have multiple versions, you can just go back to the last saved step and continue from there.
If you are making a web graphic for a client, they may suddenly ask later for a print res version because they now want to make a T-shirt.
If you started with a high res, print version to begin with, you can send it to them ASAP with no fuss on your part.
It’s always easier to save a lower quality web version from a high res print version than vice versa.
Amateur Mistake Alert: DON’T try and take a small, web quality image and scale it up to print resolution in your imaging program!
It will get pixelated, look distorted, and basically look horrible.
-Don’t forget to save the original file with all the layers so you can easily edit later if need be!
Still need help with this?
This bit is optional but recommended. Once you get good at the process, you can start selling your art or freelancing.
I recommend you start by setting up a free Society 6 online shop.
There are actually hundreds of ways you can start selling your artwork online.
Once you get more comfortable making your own illustrations, you might even consider freelancing!
• Make a quick draft using a photo as your guide.
• Erase the photo, finish up, and use on your website, in books or games, in your online store, etc.
So let me ask you this...
Want to create lots of images and illustrations?
And use them in your books/projects?
Or to earn you extra money as a freelancer?
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